With the successful completion of two days training program for students on 17th & 18th November 2014, the begining of One School One Heritage Campaign has been initiated for its implementation at the community level. Eighteen students and three teachers from six different government schools – Tri Padma H.S.S., Bal Binod S.S., Adarsha Kanya H.S.S., Yasodhara Baudha S.S., Shramjeet Kishor S.S., and Prabhat H.S.S. had actively participated in the program. All the participating schools in this training were selected in such a way that they are located within the peripheral vicinity of the location from Pulchwok area to Gwarko area of Lalitpur District.
The main implementation strategy of the campaign is inclined towards linking Experts to Youths, Youths to Children and through Children to Local Awareness program, which is highly evidenced through its first training program given by the experts to the youths on 2nd and 3rd of November, 2014. This time, the training program was totally focused on the information dissemination and techniques dissemination to school children and the teachers through the active The Generation Green (TGG) youth members. The program dealt exclusively with a very informative and impressive interaction within the TGG youth members, the school children and the teachers about the importance of degrading cultural and religious heritage sites in the present context.
The first day (17th November), started with an introduction about heritages, UNESCO world heritage sites, discussion about importance of them and heritage sites of Nepal along with its present conditions by active TGG members. Not to make the whole program boring, it was intermitted by different games such as action pass, buzz and puzzle carrying both entertainment and some important lessons which helped students about leadership capability and gaining confidence. The day also had a very nice discussion about the present problems prevalent in the heritage area such as random waste disposals, unmanaged footpath shops and illegal utilization of natural resources followed by the possible steps in the future through self awareness, public awareness and strict implementation of rules and regulations that can lead towards well protection of the present heritage sites. The positive and progressive feedback got from the students by the end of the day proved that the day had been indeed very much successful.
The second day (18th November) initiated with a heritage walk from Patan Durbar Square to Bangalamukhi Temple being facilitated by Mr. Niroj Maharjan; gave a field based experiences to the participants regard to heritage sites. The division of participants into four groups, each assigned with a specific heritage sites were assigned to collect information about their respective sites. Discussions and interviews were taken with the locals which were used to develop the awareness materials for drama presentation, songs, informatory board and leaflets preparation in order to widely disseminate the importance and information collected during the site visit. At the end, all the schools were assigned with one heritage site for which the school and the students will initiate the steps towards its conservation and preservation in the days ahead to come. All the participants agreed to develop an action plan and appropriate strategies to work towards the heritage preservation in their locations.
This program can be a very suitable example towards a very popular proverb by Margaret Mead, ‘Children must be taught how to think not what to think’. The whole chain of teaching and learning from experts to youths and youths to children is strongly believed that it has helped students how to think about the future of these heritages which carry important knowledge from our ancestors and a great symbols of our culture and traditions. Furthermore, we are very hopeful that this program becomes efficient towards well conservation and preservation of our important cultural heritages through involvement of the school children.
The glimpses of the program could be viewed through this link.
Article Contributors: Ms. Tanjua Shrestha, Ms. Sara Byanzankar, Ms. Aruna Puri, Ms. Susmita Satyal