S.O.C.H--The Society Of Caretakers of Heritage
While a school is an institution wherein the dissemination of education takes place, what sets Tagore International School apart from others in the field, is its constant endeavor to see through the impact of this education by creating opportunities for the young minds to apply the learning gained.
One such step in this direction was taken by ‘Dharohar’, the Heritage club of the school that created a separate group of the senior school students and decided to call it ‘SOCH- The Society Of Caretakers of Heritage . Through this initiative, these students were given a platform to become guides for their juniors, the students of class V and conduct heritage walks for them and their parents.
The volunteers from classes IX –XI became a part of this new initiative and post an extensive research carried out by them, they conducted the first walk for class V C on Friday 5 February 2016 at the Safdarjung’s Tomb. The group was successful in generating a great degree of excitement among the students who took the walk and were greatly praised by their class teacher, Ms. Shivani Sharma who also accompanied them. An annual heritage walk for the parents of the students has also been organised ever since.
Heritage Walk to 'Sanchi Stupa' conducted with the students (and their families) of classes 3, 4, and 5 on 27 December 2020
As the Society Caretakers of Heritage pivoted to conducting virtual heritage walks this year, it has taken Tagoreans to wonders across India to continue spreading awareness about India’s heritage and the importance of conserving all the historical monuments and sites. SOCH embarked on another such journey with the parents and students of classes 3, 4, and 5 on its second Virtual Heritage Walk to Sanchi Stupa on Sunday 27 December 2020.
The half-forgotten tales and historical relics of the Buddhist site were brought to light by the members of SOCH with a self-made capsule of the entire complex. This was followed by an enlightening trivia and quiz round. The event further became joyful when parents and students enthusiastically interacted with the SOCH team to clear their queries and doubts and share personal anecdotes.
In the end, the arduous efforts of the entire team was immensely appreciated by parents and students alike.
To quote a few participants:
- Aditi Ranjan, Class 3- “I loved the walk and the efforts of the S.O.C.H team!”
- Arshiya Rajput, Class 3- “I enjoyed, everything was interesting, I loved it !!”
- Anadya Verma, Class 4- “Very informative…..thank you“
- Akashleena Majee, Class 4- “We want more such virtual trips!”
- Aarav Ahuja, Class 5- “It was very interesting for me as I love history and read about it a lot.”
- Siya Sankpal, Class 5- “We enjoyed the virtual tour of Sanchi Stupa presented by the SOCH team. It was very well conducted and very educative. Our compliments to all the members of the SOCH team and their mentors. Well done.”
Winners of the online quiz that was held after the virtual tour to the Great Stupa at Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh with the participants.
Virtual Walk of RANI KI VAV on 08 November 2020
Students of Sehpaathi project and SOCH Club organized a virtual heritage walk on 08 November at 6pm. This was a fundraiser event to support the education costs of EWS students from Samarpan School Foundation, Vasant Kunj. ReTHINK INDIA FOUNDATION also came forward to support the cause by sharing this initiative by our students amongst all their stakeholders, delegates, embassies and ministry of education. It was well appreciated by all who had joined in.
Sehpaathi project students have been training students of Samarpan School on spoken English, soft skills, interview skills and more since lockdown began.
Virtual Tour of 'Rani ki Vav 'for classes VII and VI on Thursday 20 August 2020 and Friday 21 August 2020 respectively
In the words of Sanya Sareen, President of S.O.C.H:
“The students were enthusiastic and overwhelmed with this new experience, which was evident enough through their participation in the quiz that followed the virtual tour.
Crossing the boundaries of Delhi and exploring a site in Patan, Gujarat, although virtually, truly fascinated the students and they only expect more of such walks in the future now.
The young and curious minds had some intriguing questions and facts in store for the S.O.C.H. team. The response to the first-ever virtual walk with the students of both the classes was truly motivating for the team as well.”
- A very nice virtual trip and truly an informative experience…looking forward to attending more of these amazing trips – Vrinda Arora, Class 7
- I just have to say that I really enjoyed it a lot, it felt as if I physically watched the site. So thank you very much for organising this! – Syna Girdhar, Class 7
- Thank you so much for this marvelous tour!!! It was amazing and we enjoyed it a lot!! We are looking forward to more of such amazing heritage walks from your sideThank you so much again for ur efforts – Mana Mehta , Class 7
- This was an extremely informative session I thoroughly enjoyed it and I am glad that even during the lockdown we could enjoy the rich heritage of this archaeological site by going to Gujarat while sitting in our homes. I am glad that I could be part of this event/session – Khushi Seth , Class 7
- Thank you S.O.C.H team for this enthusiastic virtual tour. We would like to have more heritage walks. Manhar Ahuja VI-C
- SOCH Team, thank you so much for this fun and interesting virtual heritage walk!! It was brilliant and excellent!! – Nivriti Rathi, Class 6
- I liked this tour very much. I got to know more information about the site. I would like to go for more heritage walks like this. Thank You – Maahit, Class 6
- The tour was very good because I got to know more information about the Rani ki Vav and the members of S.O.C.H really explained everything nicely. They also answered our questions patiently. I really enjoyed the tour! – Myra Kang, Class 6
Virtual Heritage Walk on 15 August 2020
The Society of Caretakers of Heritage (S.O.C.H) held its first ever Virtual Heritage Walk to Rani Ki Vav on Saturday 15 August 2020. The hour long session with the students of Class 5 took the attendees on a journey down the alleys of History of the site. Unanimously termed as an informative and enriching experience, the 360° tour of the beautiful stepwell left everyone wanting more.