‘Happy lives are usually made up of a combination of positive emotions and meaningfulness -both of which contribute greatly to a child’s learning process and well-being.”
In the fast-paced and technology-driven world we live in, oftentimes emotions are not openly shared or discussed. It’s easy to hide behind busy schedules and electronic devices and never even take the time to ask how your children are feeling. Going by the 2017 World Happiness Report, India stands at an abysmally low at 122 out of 155 countries evaluated.
The report calls for attention as one of the fastest growing economies in the world is slowly turning out to be a sad place to live in. In order to monitor the happiness meter of students and to address all those questions which should be asked from students on a regular basis, Delhi Government CM Arvind Kejriwal started an initiative to launch “Happiness Curriculum” in schools. The core idea is to produce “sarvagun sampann” (versatile) “professionals and human beings who could serve the society with happiness”.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, ” “The effect of this involving 10 lakh students and around 50,000 teachers can be imagined. It is our belief that the modern day problems like terrorism, corruption, and pollution can be solved through schools and a human-centric education,”. He asserted that the experiment might one day spread across the country and the world as well.
The Dalai Lama congratulated the Delhi government for its initiative. He said, “only India has the ability to combine modern education with ancient knowledge which is necessary for the fulfillment of human emotions. The new curriculum will pave the way for physical and mental health well-being, solving problems caused due to negative and destructive emotions like anger, hatred, and jealousy. He added, “By reviving this ancient knowledge, India can become the modern Guru,”.
Considering the need to change the present education system, Delhi CM Kejriwal said the “Happiness Curriculum” is a “solid step” towards achieving this goal. Education is our topmost priorities. The Centre and other state governments should give one year, focussing on education at a war footing,”.
He added,” The effect of this involving 10 lakh students and around 50,000 teachers can be imagined. It is our belief that the modern day problems like terrorism, corruption, and pollution can be solved through schools and a human-centric education,” Sisodia said.
As per reports, the new subject was designed and prepared by a team of 40 Delhi government teachers, educators, and volunteers over a period of six months. The curriculum will involve a ‘Happiness’ period of 45 minutes for all students studying in nursery up to class VIII at all the Delhi government schools. Each class will begin with a five-minute meditation session and will also include value education and mental exercises.