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Delhi launches 'Happiness Curriculum' for school students

Jul 02, 2018

The curriculum aims at helping students lead happier lives along with positive contribution to society.

New Delhi: The Delhi government launched 'Happiness Curriculum' for its schools on Monday. The curriculum will help in grooming children for their physical and mental well being from nursery to eight standard.

The curriculum that was launched in the presence of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will be applicable to all schools of the national capital territory (NCT). The curriculum is being rolled out in a thousand schools covering around 8 lakh students.

Evidently, the environment in which children grow up today with constantly changing social and economic dynamics is inconsistent and unstable. This makes it challenging for children to thrive in today’s dynamic world.

The curriculum aims at helping students lead happier lives, while making meaningful contributions to their communities by developing skills like empathy, critical thinking, problem-solving, communication and collaboration among them.

The curriculum also aims to support students in becoming mindful and self aware while dealing with stressful & conflicting situations around them while building meaningful relationships.

The Happiness Curriculum is an endeavor to connect knowledge to life outside the school and to provide for overall development in children. The curriculum will be implemented through a bank of age-appropriate stories and activities that have been designed using interactive methodologies like storytelling, role-play, guided practices for mindfulness, joyful team work activities, reflection circles and so on.

These stories and activities have been contextualised to the everyday experiences of students. In their daily happiness period, the curriculum will enable students to reflect on the relationship between their feelings, thoughts, behaviour and their impact on themselves, their family, and the natural environment.

The curriculum will be delivered in classrooms by school teachers, who will be provided with a handbook containing the bank of activities, mindfulness activities and stories and the Happiness Curriculum Framework.

The students will not be given textbooks or homework for their Happiness Period. Every Happiness Period will begin with a few minutes of mindfulness practice, followed by a story or activity and reflective discussions.

Each child will be given a chance to reflect and express their thoughts about the story or activity. The intended outcome is to enhance students’ level of awareness, concentration and deepen learning to lead a happier, meaningful life.

The Happiness Curriculum was designed over a period of six months, by a team of education consultants, Teacher Educators, Mentor Teachers from the Delhi Government, NGOs and individuals.

Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has been instrumental in bringing this curriculum for Delhi Schools. After the National Workshop on Development of Happiness Curriculum, nonprofits and individuals were selected, who have been volunteering as part of the team of experts, in order to develop and implement the curriculum.

As part of the curriculum building exerciese 16 mentor teachers have been deputed from the Directorate of Education to work on the development of the content as per the curriculum throughout the year.

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