Cultural & traditional day at all govt schools in NagalandLili | September 9, 2019 | 0 | Traditional
Students of Government High School Thiivopisu in Phek district present a folk song during State Level Teachers’ Day Celebration in Kohima on September 5. (Morung File Photo)
‘To enable children to learn tradition, culture, folklore, songs, dances, crafts, games’
In a move to educate youngsters on Naga cultural heritage, the Nagaland Education Mission Society (NEMS), Samagra Shiksha Nagaland has proposed observation of cultural & traditional day in all the government schools having elementary section in the state.
This initiative is on a pilot basis starting with 2019-20 and will be observed on October 5 this year. The aims and objectives of the cultural and traditional day is to enable children to learn about their tradition and culture, folklore, folk songs and dances, crafts, games.
It also aims to create a sense of pride and honour in their heritage, to encourage inquisitiveness and to instill in the minds of students the importance of cultural diversity.
For this initiative, Samagra Shiksha Nagaland State Mission Director, Kevileno Angami recently wrote an official letter to the Principal Director, Directorate of School Education, Nagaland and all District Education Officer & District Project Coordinator in Nagaland.
The State Mission Director stated that Nagaland, popularly known as ‘Land of Festivals’ observes different programmes to mark various festivals throughout the year.
“Yet, very few initiatives have been taken to educate the younger generation about the rich culture and traditions of the state,” she regretted. The cultural and traditional day should be observed by organizing cultural programmes/traditional games etc, the letter stated.
For the proposed activities on the cultural and traditional day, the school authorities are to identify elders/experts/knowledgeable persons in folklore/ songs/ dances as resource persons to narrate the cultural history/folklores/ traditional practices of the tribe/village to the students/ to teach children cultural dances/traditional games and direct children to come to school in their traditional attire.
Further, convenient dates may be earmarked by each school to teach students traditional crafts such weaving/ basket making, others, she stated.
For this activity too, the school authority should identify elders/experts/knowledgeable persons in weaving/basket making, others as resource persons to teach students traditional practice of weaving, basket making/other implements.
On completion of the activities, it has been proposed that school principals/headmasters/head teachers send photographs and videos of all activities to the respective EBRCs along with the detailed report and Utilization Certificate.
The EBRCs in turn will select the best three schools and submit the details to District Mission Authority (DMA). The DMA will then select the best five schools for onward submission to State Mission Authority.
The entire exercise has to be completed by October 25 this year.