Staff Reporter

Experts from education cell to train teachers and students for the purpose

A minimum of 20 students will be enrolled from each school

The clubs are likely to be launched on Gandhi Jayanti day

Srikakulam: The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH)as part of its nation wide programme has decided to open Heritage Clubs in selected schools in Srikakulam district soon. The idea is to encourage students to take pride in the unique diversity of the country’s cultural identity and ensure its preservation and also to kindle a patriotic spirit among children.

The heritage education and communication service division of New Delhi, INTACH formulated a syllabus and introduced cultural education in schools throughout the country.

INTACH, according to an action plan prepared by its district unit, is planning to select 40 schools and 40 teachers for the year 2008-09 academic year in the district where Heritage Clubs will be formed with students. The selected students and teachers will be trained in a workshop to be conducted by INTACH. Experts from the heritage education cell will be involved in the training programme. A minimum of 20 students will be enrolled from each school. The students will be supplied INTACH kits besides supplying them brochures and textbooks on the cultural heritage of Srikakulam. The clubs will be inaugurated on a single fixed day in all the 40 schools identified.

District Collector N.Srikanth, who is also the district Chairman of INTACH, told The Hindu that the Heritage Club members will be trained in such a way that they would become role models for other students on inculcating patriotic fervour. The children will be supplied activity sheets, Navaratnam heritage report, Passport to One India and Young INTACH newsletter.

The children will also be supplied ‘Hands on Heritage’ syllabus books on Vandemataram, Taratarala Srikakulam, Chusoddam Srikakulam, brochures on heritage sites and tourist maps of Srikakulam.

The 40 schools to be identified included Jawahar Navodaya schools, Kendriya Vidhyalaya, A.P. Residential schools, Kasturibha Gandhi schools, Tribal residential schools, Srikakulam town high schools and other private schools. A teachers workshop is planned on Sept 30 and in all probability the clubs will be launched on Oct 2 coinciding with Gandhi Jayanti day.