The Telegraph
Tuesday , June 3 , 2014
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School goes on heritage trail

Schools in Jamshedpur have moved beyond classroom lessons and are fuelling students’ curiosity about their state’s heritage.

After Hill Top School that formed a Heritage Club and participated in a heritage walk in April this year, now it is the turn of Motilal Nehru Public School.

The cradle came up with its Heritage Club in March this year. The school will soon chalk out a concrete action plan to undertake actitivies under its newest wing.

“It is very important for students to know about India’s heritage. To begin with, we plan to promote folk art in Jharkhand. The schoolteachers have already suggested inviting Seraikela Chhau artistes to promote the traditional dance form among urban youths. We will soon work out the plan with Intach’s local chapter,” said Motilal Nehru Public School’s principal Ashu Tiwary.

The schools started forming the clubs after the state chapter of Intach organised a workshop for the teachers.

They had roped in people from New Delhi who tipped the teachers about the way the club is suppose to function and how they can take up preservation projects of old buildings.

“Hill Top School has already participated in the heritage walk and now other schools are showing interest. We will plan another walk after the schools re-open post summer vacation,” said Amitava Ghosh, co-convener of Intach-Jharkhand.

Heritage walks are intended to build values and let students learn and appreciate history. The proposed walk will cover 24 buildings in Jamshedpur.

Some of the sites that the students visited last time were Tilak Pustakalaya, Chuna Shah Baba Mazaar and Tata Steel gate in Bistupur.