What is "Heritage for Schools"?

At Heritage Walk Calcutta we believe in facilitating early exposure to archaeology, heritage and conservation. Through our Heritage for Schools initiative, we work with educational institutions to offer interactive, hands-on and age-specific workshops to spread heritage awareness and enable community participation in recording, protection and conservation of heritage in Kolkata and beyond.

Workshop Themes

 
Theme 1: The Story of Calcutta

The history of colonial Calcutta from its founding to 1947. Based on the educational level of the students and the requirements of the organizers, this is done as an interactive storytelling session, historical reenactment or an intensive study of the key historical texts under the supervision of our archaeologist.

Maximum number of participants: 30 per session.

Prerequisites: None

Level: Class 2 through University

Learning outcomes: A working knowledge of the colonial history of Calcutta, as appropriate for the age group of the participants

Duration:   3-4 hours of interactive classroom session for schools
two 3 hour sessions plus background readings for colleges and universities

Certificate of Participation or Academic Credit Points may be provided by the host institution

 
 
Theme 2: Documenting Local Histories

Basic strategies for identifying and documenting local history. Based on the age group of the participants, consent of the parents and requirement of the institutions, this is done either through theoretical classroom-based sessions, classroom cum field-based practical sessions.

Maximum number of participants: 20 per session.

Prerequisites: none

Level: Class 7 through University

Learning outcomes: Basic understanding of heritage documentation methods. First hand practical experience in identification and documentation of local heritage.

Duration: 3 hours of interactive classroom session (for classroom-only option) 2 hour classroom session + 3 hours of fieldwork-based practical session

Certificate of Participation or Academic Credit Points may be provided by the host institution

 
 
Theme 3: Oral Histories, Family Heritage & Genealogy

Introduction to the ethics and methods of collecting, documenting and archiving oral histories, heirlooms and genealogies. This is done through a combination of classroom-based lecture on the methods and practical application of these methods. The content of the session is customized based on the age-group of the participants and the requirement of the host institution.

Maximum number of participants: 30 per session.

Prerequisites: The participants are expected to bring at least two small items of heirloom in the session.

Level: Only Family Heritage & Genealogy elements- Class 4 through University Oral Histories, Family Heritage & Genealogy elements- Class 7 through University

Learning outcomes: Introductory understanding of the theory and practical methods for documenting and archiving oral histories, heirlooms and genealogies.

Duration: 2 hours (for Family Heritage & Genealogy elements) 3-4 hours (for Oral Histories, Family Heritage & Genealogy)

Certificate of Participation or Academic Credit Points may be provided by the host institution

 
 
Theme 4: Living in 1780s Calcutta

Re-imagining how it would be to live in early-colonial Calcutta. Younger children get a feel for life in early-colonial Calcutta through storytelling sessions, drawings and reenactments.

Maximum number of participants: 30 per session.

Prerequisites: None

Level: Class 2 through 6

Learning outcomes: Young children will learn how life was in early-colonial Calcutta through interactive session.

Duration: 2 hours

Certificate of Participation or Academic Credit Points may be provided by the host institution

 
 
Theme 5: Archaeology 101

What do the archaeologists do? Children are introduced to the basics of archaeological methods, with hands-on experience about recovering and recording different kinds of artifacts (using everyday objects).

Maximum number of participants: 20 per session.

Prerequisites: None (not recommended for kids with dust allergy)

Level: Class 2 through 10

Learning outcomes: The participants will have a basic first-hand experience about how archaeologists work.

Duration: 3 hours

Certificate of Participation or Academic Credit Points may be provided by the host institution


Organizing Our Workshops

 

We encourage the educational institutions interested in organizing our workshops to contact us at an early stage of planning, at least one month before the proposed date of the event. This will enable us to work together in organizing the best workshop customized for the requirements of your institution and the age-group of the participants. The institution must provide classroom space for the workshops. For workshops with fieldwork elements, the institution must get appropriate consent forms signed by the parents or legal guardians of the participants. It is the prerogative of the host institution to either provide a certificate of participation or academic credit points for the participants. Our fees are based on the institutional requirements for each workshop, and are negotiable.

 

For enquiries, please email Tathagata at: heritagewalkcalcutta@gmail.com Or, Tweet@heritagewalkcal | Find us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/heritagewalkcal

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