Starting from today, the Delhi Government has introduced 45 minutes of “Happiness” periods for students studying from nursery up to class 8 in its schools.
The above practice is the part of Delhi Government’s latest initiative “Happiness Curriculum” under which the entire curriculum will be purely activity-based and no formal examinations will be conducted on it. However, a periodic assessment of children’s progress will be made using a happiness index.
Meditation, value education, and mental exercises will be the part of “Happiness Curriculum”. 40 government teachers, educators and volunteers took over a period of six months to design the curriculum. As per the newly designed curriculum, each class will begin with a five minute meditation practice. The classes based on “Happiness Curriculum” will be held twice a week for nursery and KG students.
“The curriculum will include components that will instill self awareness and care, reduce stress and anxiety, help manage depression, build ability to focus on education & work and encourage creative critical thinking. Such a holistic approach in education will result in building healthy minds of our children that will enable them to lead a happy life,” said the Delhi Government Budget 2018-2019.
This initiative will involve 10 lakh students and around 50,000 teachers from Delhi’s Government schools.
According to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, “There was a need to ‘overhaul’ the present education system that has not been able to produce ‘good human being’ and the ‘Happiness Curriculum’ is a solid step towards this aim”.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, “It is our belief that the modern day problems like terrorism, corruption and and pollution can be solved through schools and a human centric education”.