GD Salwanians preserving the past for the futureThe Heritage Club ‘Dharohar’ of G.D.Salwan Public School, Rajinder Nagar organized a tree plantation drive on 28th July 2012 at Bhuli Bhatiyari Ka Mahal,Southern Ridge Pusa Road which has been officially adopted from the State Department of Archaeology by the school for restoration. It was an attempt to sensitize young minds about the importance of heritage conservation. .
Not only the students and teachers but the parents also joined hands and accompanied their children for this noble cause. For maximum involvement of parents, we did this on the Parent Teachers Meeting (PTM).
Dr. Naveena Jafa, who is a famous walk leader and Heritage Consultant , currently working with Shahjahanabad Redevelopment Corporation (SRDC) also graced the occasion with her presence. She shared her valuable experiences and interesting anecdotes about Delhi’s Heritage with the parents and the students.
The Programme was a combined effort of the Student Council and the House Teachers who prepared informative posters and banners that were displayed at the venue.
Ms Seema Goyal, Coordinator Heritage Education Programme said that the aim of heritage conservation is to ensure that the cultural significance of heritage sites should be retained for future generations to enjoy. She further said that conservation means all the processes of looking after a place so as to retain its cultural significance and encompass maintenance preservation, restoration, reconstruction and adaptation and will commonly be a combination of more than one of these.”
The school Principal Mrs. Vijay Laxmi Singh said,” One of the reasons of recent frequent natural disasters is the decreasing Green Cover on the planet. With the increase in population, trees are being cut, in huge numbers, to meet human requirements. It’s our responsibility therefore, to plant trees in lieu of all those that have been cut so far.
The students learned about the various Heritage sites, their history and traditions of their own and other cultures, about ecology and the importance of protecting biodiversity. They become aware of the threats facing the sites and learned how a little cooperation can help save heritage. Most importantly, they discovered how they can contribute to heritage conservation and make themselves heard. This encouraged the children, the future citizens of Delhi to enthusiastically move forward in the participation of this heritage conservation
A brief session of an inspirational talk by the chief guest of the day, Dr. Naveena Jafa was followed by the enthusiastic planting of saplings in the Bhuli Bhatiyari premises by the house mistresses, students and their parents. The Principal and Dr. Naveena Jafa took the lead and set an example for everyone to follow. All departed from the venue with a sense of achievement and pride.