Ministry Of Tourism Establishes YUVA Tourism Clubs; CBSE Asks Schools To Support Initiative
YUVA Tourism Clubs will enable learners to appreciate the importance of travel and tourism, ignite a passion for tourism and its value in learners, sensitize learners to various elements of travel, encourage, teach and propagate responsible tourism practices, improve physical and mental health.
As part of the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations, Ministry of Tourism has established YUVA Tourism Clubs. YUVA Tourism Clubs seeks to nurture and develop young ambassadors of Indian tourism who would become aware of tourism possibilities in India, appreciate cultural heritage and develop an interest and passion for tourism, an official statement said. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has also come forward to support the initiative and has issued instructions to all CBSE affiliated schools regarding the formation of Yuva Tourism Clubs.
These young ambassadors, the statement added, will act as catalysts to promote tourism in India. Participation in Tourism Clubs is also expected to facilitate development of soft skills like teamwork, management, leadership besides encouraging adoption of responsible tourism practices and concern for sustainable tourism.
Speaking on this, Union Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy said that youth are the best ambassadors of India and its rich cultural, spiritual and natural heritage. The Yuva Tourism clubs that are being set up in various schools will promote national integration and build on the Prime Minister's vision of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat.
Mr Reddy further added that students will now be aware of domestic destinations and equipped with the tools to promote the tourism sector. The tourism clubs help children to be more aware about their states and neighborhood along with the cultural aspects. This further builds on the clarion call of Dekho Apna Desh by the Prime Minister.
The official statement added: “The young members of these clubs would gain exposure to the rich diversity of India, and its civilizational values, it would enhance their sense of belonging towards the nation. On the other hand, as the youth become tourist ambassadors, India will become the favoured tourist destination of the world which will then have a cascading impact on our economy.”
The Ministry of Tourism has also shared a ‘Handbook for Schools for conducting of Tourism Clubs’. The handbook reiterates the purposes, the operational strategies along with specific guidelines and suggestions for the conduct of various activities. The proposed sample of activities is suggestive and the teachers and schools are encouraged to incorporate allied activities under Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat (EBSB) programme like excursion, online or e-tourism, pen pals in the paired states and Union Territories, learning the language of the paired states and UTs, having exposure to the diversity, natural resources and rich heritage of India.
YUVA Tourism Clubs will also enable learners to appreciate the importance of travel and tourism, ignite a passion for tourism and its value in learners, sensitize learners to various elements of travel, encourage, teach and propagate responsible tourism practices, improve physical and mental health through exploratory, adventure and sports tourism and spread awareness about tourism opportunities at an early stage and encourage learners to be skilled professionals and entrepreneurs in the hospitality and tourism sector.