The Telegraph
Monday , August 27 , 2012
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Heritage first look for kids in Ranchi

At a time when urban children have their eyes glued to PlayStations and computer screens, 45 children of Ranchi’s Kairali School who are part of the cradle’s heritage club will go to Raghurajpur, a village in Odisha famed for its turnaround by artisans.

The four-day trip to the village in Puri district, as well as to Bhubaneswar and Konark, is a joint initiative of the school and Intach (Jharkhand chapter). It is also the first such major visit for any Ranchi school since heritage clubs were formed in 40 CBSE and ICSE affiliated cradles last September.

In each club, there are around 45-100 students of Classes VIII, IX and X. Each of these schools uses the club as a platform to teach students about India’s heritage, with major focus on traditional crafts, flora and fauna. Though painting, essay contests and debates take place, onsite exposure visits are most awaited.

“Raghurajpur is the first trip and will take place in November. Kairali School students will see this heritage village to know how an entire area developed through efforts of local artisans. Villagers make beautiful items and have turned their economy around with indigenous crafts such as patachitra painting,” S.D. Singh, Intach (Jharkhand) state convener, said.

Kairali School’s heritage club will bear the cost of the trip. An Intach official will guide the children.

School principal Rajan Verghese said that all 45 heritage club members, students of Classes VIII, IX and X, are excited. “Very soon, we will fix dates for their visit. Heritage club is part of CBSE curriculum. Students are supposed to involve themselves in these activities,” he said.