The World Heritage Day offers an opportunity to be aware, raise awareness about the diversity of our heritage and the efforts required to protect, preserve and conserve them.
What can children do?
If you are planning an outing take the students to a nearby monument or site of historical significance/importance.
If the students found the visit an interesting one do ask them to write about it to their friends school magazine. You can ask them to draw whatever they find interesting – a wall, the design of a doorway, paintings on the ceilings…..
On 18th April, the students can collectively design a poster – on the Seven Wonders of the World, on heritage sites in your state. You could also do an opinion poll among the students on choosing the seven-historical/ architectural wonders of your city or district.
Click here to find the list of heritage sites you can visit this summer. Heritage site declared as ‘heritage’ by the UNESCO.
Adopt a Monument
One idea to celebrate the Heritage Day is to “adopt” a nearby historical monument site, with the permission of the relevant authority, e.g. state offices of the Archaeological Survey of India, and work towards keeping it clean.
To begin with, tell more improve your knowledge about the monument by studying it carefully, collecting information from various sources such as guides, knowledgeable persons in the community, and historians in a nearby college or people who have studied the monument in great detail.
You could campaign against the various forces that are leading to the deterioration of the monument, by informing the concerned authorities about any activity which is contributing to this.(such as spitting in the premises, writing names on the walls) Attempts may be made to prevent such actions, for instance, by preparing and placing placards at strategic positions with captions discouraging graffiti, spitting, littering, etc.; placing labelled dustbins with a caption asking the visitors to use them; organizing rallies near these sites, etc.
The students could also initiate an awareness campaign in the locality so as to involve the local people in this process.
Students could clear the area around the monument and plant and maintain a small garden.
Some activities the students can do after their study and survey:
Make posters, pamphlets or booklets to distribute to visitors, local schools, communities, etc.
Prepare a code of conduct for tourists put up informal signages with permission from the authorities.
They could initiate an awareness campaign in the locality so as to involve local people in the project.
Some Heritage Sites to be Proud of!
The Manas Wildlife Sanctuary is located at the foothills of Himalayas, is home to many endangered animal species. Included on the World Heritage List in 1985, and on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 1992, Manas includes endangered populations of tiger, the pygmy hog, the Indian rhinoceros and elephant. One of the major threats to these animals is poaching.
Taj Mahal, is one of the precious architectural heritage structures in the world. It completed 350 years last year and is India’s most popular tourist attraction. Sadly, the pollution in the city is blackening the white marble.
The ruins of Hampi, located in Karnataka, are the witness to the vast Vijayanagara Empire. The stretched over at least three states - Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Andhra Pradesh. Harihar and Bukka, two brothers in 1336 AD, established the city on the southern bank of Tungabhadra. The city achieved its most brilliant phase during the reign of Krishnadeva Raya (1509-29). There are fifty-six protected monuments at Hampi comprising palaces, temples, pavilions, bazaars etc.
Churches and Convents of Goa
Vasco da Gama a Portuguese sailor in 1498 discovered the sea route to India. Soon the Portuguese settled in Goa. Many churches were built that time, some of these churches have survived till today like the Jesuit Church of Bom Jesus (1594-1605) or the Franciscan church of St Francis (1661) and the Theatins church of St Cajetan (1656-61), while the oldest standing is that of St Rosary (1543).
Kaziranga National Park in Assam. It lies in the flood plains of the mighty Brahamputra river. Over 3/4th of the park is flooded every year because of the flood waters of Brahamputra. The park has about 15 species of India's threatened mammals, including the largest population of one-horned rhinoceroses in the world. It was declared a world heritage site in 1985.
The UNESCO programme that gives young people a chance to voice their concerns and to become involved in the protection of the world's natural and cultural heritage. Know more…