Heritage walk: Piecing together our legacy
Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh is a place of great historical value. This city is popular for its multicultural identity. Beautiful gardens, courtly manners, music, poetry, and exotic cuisine of Lucknow are well known throughout the country and abroad. This city is also regarded as the ‘The City of Nawabs’, ‘Golden City of the East’ and ‘The Constantinople of India’. It also has several historical monuments and sites that attract the people from various regions of the world to visit like the Jama Masjid, Sheesh Mahal, Residency, Chhota Imambara, Clock Tower etc.These historic places provides a focus and resource for lifelong learning about the human past and how people have inhabited the landscape and used natural resources through time. This aids teaching about our modern culture and our present environment.
Being recognized as a full-fledged CBSE institution, Staford School stepped forward for promoting Heritage Education initiative thereby creating social awareness among its students on its importance.
We at Staford want children to be active in their learning; we want them to construct their knowledge of history. And one way to do that is to get them to do history the way historians do history, the way we try to have kids do science in the classroom, the way scientists do. And teaching with these places allows us to do that. Following the CBSE directives vide Circular No. 80/11 on promoting Heritage Education in schools a heritage walk was organized in the Old Lucknow area covering various monuments on 23rd December for the senior students.These historical places in Lucknow have a story of their own and a visit to them proves to be a life changing experience.
Excited Stafordians reached the school in the morning. By 10:00 am they set out from school in the school vans, and reached Jama Masjid. At first sight itself, they were bowled over by the majestic structure of the monument. From there, we proceeded to different areas like Sheeshmahal, Hazratganj and Chowk covering all the important monuments and briefing children about their significance.
The historical visits are vital to our understanding of how our society and our landscape have developed over time. Such visits helps in knowing ourselves and helps link us to our roots and underpins our sense of cultural identity. It is of value for what it tells us about past society, modern culture and human interaction with the environment and it helps give us a long-term view of social and environmental change.It was really an unforgettable experience, which apart from being intellectually rewarding, gave them a glimpse of our city’s proud history.