The vision of the Student Citizenship programme is to build capacities of students – attitudes, skills, knowledge and frameworks of action and advocacy – and engage them in active and responsible citizenship by taking up issues plaguing Gurgaon through collaboration with governance agencies, non-governmental organisations and also the local citizen community. Through the programme, the school aims to arm students with skills/ability to:

  • Identify issues and concerns – locally or nationally
  • Link issues with relevant institutions within the executive, legislative, and judiciary
  • Learn about implementation of laws and rules, interpretation of laws, protection of individual rights
  • Have knowledge on provisions such as Section 133 on complaint redressal

The Heritage School, Gurgaon believes that it is important to provide experiences for students to act particularly in the local context to make a concrete difference in the area that they live in. Students must understand and appreciate diversity in all its forms, and have legitimate pride in our nation. At the same time, students should be able to locate and respect the local in the global and the universal in the regional.
Some highlights of the Student Citizenship programme include:

  • 1,200 students from Grades 4-10 engaged in five to seven days of community service annually; and
  • Senior and Middle Programme students spend 40 hours on service project in association with the NGO Pravah every year

Heritage students have made a difference and given back to society with work on the following:

  • Nepal earthquake relief work by students
  • Participation and recommendation to the Gurgaon Traffic Police Road Safety Camp
  • Traffic congestion and lack of parking space near Galleria
  • Issue of sanitation and cleanliness problem at Sikanderpur Metro Station through an understanding of the civic framework and citizen rights
  • Problem of Gurgaon- Faridabad road streetlights
  • District Library’s dismal state
  • Grade 6 students helping local farmers
  • Grade 7 students using theatre to spread awareness and campaign about children’s rights in villages around bikaner
  • Reflections on critical issues of privilege and social constructs during Bal Mela
  • Children for Change, a unique hackathon to effect social change

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