MEMORY WALK WORKSHOP
Delhi Public School, Pune operant under the aegis of Takshila Education Society, upholds a long standing tradition of involving students in constructive investigation and research through projects and workshops. To encourage the youth to appreciate the memorials and to understand the history of these monuments a three day Memory Walk Workshop was conducted at Delhi Public School, Pune from April 17 to April 19 2018.
The main objective of the workshop is to familiarize the participants with monuments in their own environment, while focusing on the relevance of these monuments for contemporary society and the concept of memorialization, i.e., the process of preserving memories of certain historical events and personalities. The workshop was conducted by Mr. Aaron Peterer who is a senior facilitator and project manager from the International Department of the Anne Frank House, Amsterdam. Mr Yan Paul Dubbelman is a professional motion graphics designer who is also involved with the Anne Frank House. During these three days the students were briefed about the life of Anne Frank to sensitize the children and help them in promoting awareness regarding social causes.
The students along with the mentors and teachers visited three monuments that are the very heart of the history of Pune – The Aga Khan Palace, Mahatma Phule Wada and the war memorial. The next day the participants spent the day interviewing and filming. Young participants are trained to conduct research on monuments and explore the relevance of the monuments for themselves and their community in present-day society.
On the final day all the films were screened. They honored these structures and offered tribute through these films. The workshop exposed them to different facets of life, inculcating in them a deep respect and ownership for India’s rich cultural heritage. This is a well-conceived attempt to understand the perceived significance for the past, present and future.