ITIHAAS : WORLD HERITAGE DAY 2012 – An inclusive programme for children with Disabilities.


I am very proud to be part of ITIHAAS. It is one of a kind movement to facilitate children be aware of their surroundings and rich cultural heritage. Help children to contribute to make their immediate context vibrant and valued.

Here is one more reason why….. how to help the marginal members of the society valued and involved..

ITIHAAS celebrated, WORLD HERITAGE DAY 2012 with ASI – An inclusive programme for children with Disabilities.
18th April, 2012, Purana Quila, New Delhi

The Archaeological Survey of India celebrated the World Heritage Week on 18th of April, 2012 in collaboration with the Indian Traditions and Heritage Society, ITIHAAS. To take our commitment to Heritage Education forward, ITIHAAS organized a special study tour for 500 children with disability on the World Heritage Day, 2012. This was the first ever such visit of the Purana QUila organized by The Archaeological Survey of India and ITIHAAS. ITIHAAS, an educational trust active in the area of heritage education and working with school students since 2004, conducted a study tour of the Purana Quila for children with special needs. This
was the first such Heritage Education programme in the country which reached out to the Hearing impaired, those with Visual impairment, autistic children as well as those with special needs. The study tour brought alive the dead past for these children by making them active participants in taking our heritage forward.

The program began with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by senior ASI officials, Dr. Gautam Sengupta, Director-General (ASI), Mr. Mohammed K.K., Regional Director (North Zone), Dr. D.N. Dimri, Superintending Archaeologist (Delhi Circle) and Ms Smita Vats (Founder-Director, ITIHAAS). Address by the guests was
followed by a song, composed and sung by one of the ASI officials from Mysore.

The event ended with the children getting certificates of appreciation from the ASI, study material and worksheets by ITIHAAS and refreshments. The children enjoyed the programme thoroughly and it was equally appreciated by their teachers, guardians and facilitators.

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