Are you a parent? If yes, do take a moment to answer this question. What is the one thing that you wish for your child? My answer to this would be happiness.
In an endeavour to promote happiness among children in school, the Delhi and Gurugram governments have come up with two unique concepts.
Here are a few salient features of these initiatives:
• Launched by the Delhi government, this programme is designed for students from nursery to grade 8.
• Each session would be for 45 minutes, and it will begin with a five-minute meditation practice.
• These sessions will also include discussions on mental well-being and imparting value education.
• Prepared by a team of 40 government school teachers, educators, and volunteers – the programme was launched on July 2nd in Delhi.
• With stories and activities as part of the curriculum, the idea is to teach children with examples.
• At the launch, Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal mentioned how it is important to groom children to be good human beings rather than only focus on marks.
• While this subject has no written examination or marks, the focus will solely be on observing the status of happiness.
• This programme is being implemented only in Delhi government schools as of now.
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• This initiative will help government school students speak about their feelings, handle stressful situations and engage in a positive relationship with their peers.
• This programme will also empower teachers to help students deal with exam stress and aggression.
• 15 government schools across Haryana will run this programme, to begin with.
• 45 teachers are being trained for this programme.
• It will also help identify learning disabilities in children.
• Periodic yoga sessions, mental healthcare, and anger management classes are also being planned for the students.
• A helpline called ‘mera dost’ will be launched through which children will be able to share their problems directly with the clinical psychologist via phone.
Delhi’s Education Minister Manish Sisodia told The Indian Express, “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.”
With these measures being implemented by the two states, we hope that students can address their concerns and become happy and well-rounded individuals.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)
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