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INTACH to revive heritage education programme at govt, aided schools

A heritage education program designed to help Bengaluru schoolchildren connect with the city’s history and culture will be revived two years after a pandemic-forced break.

The Bengaluru Branch of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) is relaunching its Nammoora Kathe (Stories of Our City) program.

In the new edition, it will involve more government and assisted schools. The program will start next week.

Nammoora Kathe aims to introduce the participating children to the cultural heritage of the city, its origins, evolution, traditions and monuments.

The program is designed for students in grades six to eight and lasts six weeks per school, with two hours of classroom sessions per week and a field trip.

“There are gaps in understanding the city’s history that we hope to bridge with the program. The participating schools from the previous edition were also very excited (to restart),” said Meera Iyer, convenor of INTACH Bengaluru, DH.

Complementing the social studies syllabus, the program will reflect the evolution of the city through multiple facets, including the petes (markets), selling products ranging from rice to bracelets.

It will also look at the city’s past through its lakes and trees and how they created professions at one point in history. Civic planning sessions will also discuss how differently the city was organized under the British. The curriculum will include games and elements of experiential learning.

INTACH Bengaluru has partnered with mainstream schools on similar programs, but the participation of more government and aided schools could reposition the initiative.

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INTACH developed the curriculum with the help of educators. This year the program opens with GHPS Cholanayakanahalli, GHPS Manorayanapalya and GHPS Vishwanatha Nagenahalli. The organizers speak of a quiet start, but hope to cover at least 10 schools in the first phase.

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