The idea of setting up Heritage Club in schools across the country began in 2002 to provide training and resources to teachers in urban and rural areas. It was done with the motive of creating awareness and participation in heritage related activities among the students. At present, HECS has a nation-wide network which includes 3000 schools in 100 cities and town across the country. It has over 2,00,000 members participating actively in its work.
Every student who becomes a member of heritage club is motivated to participate in heritage conservation and to learn more about their local and natural heritage. A student who becomes a member of INTACH Heritage Club receives:
Heritage club badge to become a part of the growing community of heritage keepers.
Heritage club passport to identify with the Heritage Club movement.
Nine Stars is given to record information about the natural and cultural heritage of their town and city.
Young INTACH which is a quarterly newsletterfor Heritage Club student members on various aspect of heritage related news and information.
The heritage club programmes are designed so as to involve students in various activities geared towards heritage awareness and education for
- Learning a craft
- Museum education & outreach programmes
- Training museum guides
- Conservation at home and at school
- Heritage radio programme
- Rural heritage education and skill development
- Children’s programmes at heritage festivals
- Making of films on culture and heritage
Heritage Walks for school students
HECS organizes heritage walks for schools on a regular basis. In Delhi, walks are conducted in Lodhi Gardens, Mehrauli Archaeological Park, Humayun’s Tomb, Old Fort, Northern Ridge, Safdurjung’s Tomb, Nizamuddin, Hauz Khas, Jahanpanah and the National Museum. Many schools from Delhi have participated in these walks so far. Specialized walks for college students are also conducted by HECS.