“Our heritage is a vital link to our cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational and economic legacies – all of the things that quite literally make us who we are.”
-Steve Berry, American author and former attorney
The customs, beliefs, and practices, passed down from one generation to the next all through the years, and the behaviours and meanings that one draws from them, all culminate to form the rich cultural heritage of an individual. For a nation or a society, heritage and culture is as significant as personality is to an individual. It forms the very fibre of one’s being, the basis of one’s beliefs, and the roots that bind the person to his/her legacy. Hence, when we teach our children about our heritage and culture, we essentially imbibe in their hearts a deep sense of appreciation for this diverse and beautiful nation of ours, its different societies, and their own value systems.
We, at Vidsan Charterhouse, a renowned IB board school in Delhi NCR, believe that our society has always been a melting pot of cultures, traditions, and beliefs, and teaching all about it to the kids from an early age can be immensely helpful in a number of ways. On that note, let us ponder today on why it is so important to teach kids about the significance of our heritage and culture.
A deep sense of appreciation comes from the depth of understanding
First off, we believe that when our kids understand the richness of our culture, they will learn to value it more. And the more they value it, the more inclined they will be to uphold its principles and teachings. A sense of appreciation of our heritage teaches our children to respect their own beliefs as much as they would revere the philosophies of other cultures.
Embedding the ideals of morality and ethics in young minds
The ideals of morality, the right code of conduct, and the fundamentals of ethical behaviour are all the messages that underlie any cultural system or tradition. It basically shows the children the pathways to grow into morally upright individuals, just how any parent would want to see their children as in the future.
Imparting more meaning to the lessons taught in the classrooms
Regardless of how much we teach the kids about how important those historical monuments or those festivals are to us, it will all sound hollow if we don’t explain to them their connection with our culture. Teaching the young minds about our heritage is a way of making them feel connected and inspired towards what they are learning.
Aiding them in growing up as individuals who respect diversity
Respecting and upholding the rich diversity of our nation has only been possible through the conscious efforts of its people. Now the responsibility will fall upon the shoulders of our young generation who will have to carry that legacy forward in their lives, just as the generations before them have done. And, the first steps to ensuring that have to start with helping them know more about the multiplicity, which is an important part of who we are as a nation.
Creating the mindset to protect our culture and heritage
The young buds of today are the nation builders of tomorrow, and no doubt, the responsibility of protecting our culture and heritage lies on them. Until we teach them about the different aspects and significance of it from a young age, how will we be able to motivate them in the right direction?
At Vidsan Charterhouse, we have always believed that when it comes to the holistic development of the young minds, the right approach is to encourage them to have a modern outlook with traditional roots. This forms the key essence of our teachings at Vidsan. While we prepare our pupils for the ever-changing world of today, we never forget to make sure that their ideals and principles are rooted in their very culture and heritage.