Learning an Old Handicraft
Heritage Education is not merely recreation for students but is an important part of their learning process. It will help them understand history and society and will inculcate values with respect to diversity and tolerance. While it is important to highlight aspects of national heritage, it is also important to bring local heritages into the preview of heritage education programmes. Very limited resources are required for the most basic heritage education programmes. More involved programmes require some investment. But most heritage activities, like heritage walks and heritage clubs, require little capital investment but can go a long way in helping the child experience culture and heritage and bring alive many of the things she reads in her history textbook.
Our heritage club conducted an activity for higher graders on learning handicraft (Thornam making with coconut leaves). The demonstration was done by the heritage club in charges and students actively took part and they showed their interest in such a way that they started decorating their classes with the Handicraft made by them.
All the students shared their experience with the teachers in school; it was a fun loving activity which made them to think more about Handicraft making. They also wanted to exhibit for the school function.