The Hush Post: Presidency College Kolkata has a subject called – Love, and now Delhi schools will have a period on Happiness. Of course, only government schools.
The Delhi government has started this initiative for the students of nursery up to 8th standard in its schools and will begin next week, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said.
An estimated 9 to 10 lakh students of Delhi will be taught in these classes. The government is also in talks with the Municipal Corporations that ran primary schools in the city for conducting these classes, Sisodia said at an orientation programme for teachers.
“The classes covering the happiness curriculum will begin next week. We are also talking to the municipal corporations. If the students of the corporation schools are added, the number of children to be covered under the happiness curriculum will go up to 15-16 lakh,” said.
The solutions to modern-day problems like terrorism, corruption and pollution could come from these classrooms, the deputy chief minister said and hoped that someday, the innovative initiative of the Delhi government would be adopted all over the country and the world.
The curriculum involves a daily 45-minute happiness class beginning with mindfulness, followed by a story-telling and activity session.
The students will be given five minutes settle down time and pay attention to the happenings around them, which will be a form of mindfulness.
A set of 20 stories and 40 innovative activities will form part of the curriculum to train children to think logically and creatively.
Sisodia said the teachers should not be concerned about completing the syllabus.
“Do not rush to complete all the stories and activities. The focus should be that the right message sinks in the children,” he added.
The three-day orientation programme, involving 18,000 teachers of Delhi government schools, was held to train them about the curriculum.
Another programme for about 1,000 principals will be held on Friday.