In a significant development that is sure to bring cheers to Delhi Govt’s education policymakers, India’s neighbouring country – Afghanistan, which, following a long period of civil war, is now working to reform its education system, is all set to adopt the Happiness Curriculum engineered by the Delhi government with an special emphasis on nurturing holistic education — to bring peace to the mind of children.
“I am very attracted with the idea of the Happiness Curriculum. We are living in the same region and so the tension children (suffer), I think, is the same. But I will say the tension in Afghanistan is more than India because of the conflict situation that we have,” Afghanistan’s Acting Education Minister Mohammad Mirwais Balkhi said.
“Sometimes a young child (in Afghanistan) has a tension level of an aged person because of the war. So, the approach can bring peace to the mind of our children so that they can learn in a peaceful environment,” said Balkhi, on the sidelines of the Asian Summit on Education and Skills organised by the Delhi government.
“We have to see how we can adopt and implement that in Afghanistan and localise the text and guide books. Sisodia[ Delhi Education Minister] promised to help us in this regard and also to see how teachers can be trained. Trainers from our country can come to Delhi and can learn from the experience,” Balkhi added.
Hailed across the globe as a unique initiative, the Happiness Curriculum – introduced in July for government school students between nursery and class VIII — was formulated with an aim to improve their physical and mental health and to solve problems caused due to negative emotions such as anger, hatred and jealousy.
As part of the initiative that has been designed and prepared by a team of 40 Delhi government teachers, educators and volunteers over a period of six months, during the 45-minute “Happiness Class“, the students immerse themselves in meditation, value education and mental exercises.