Happiness course a hit in Delhi govt schools

NEW DELHI: Stating that the happiness curriculum has brought positive changes in the life of students studying in Delhi government schools, there has been a proposal to introduce the classes for schools under municipal corporations as well.

The curriculum was introduced by the government for classes nursery to VIII. With a grand launch by Tibetan leader Dalai Lama, the curriculum has no books or evaluation, and students are taught mindfulness and lessons through stories and activities. It was implemented in 1,100 government schools.

In a meeting of the state advisory council (SAC) held in January, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia had recommended that the curriculum also be introduced in schools under the corporations. There are 1,400 schools under the three corporations teaching upto Class V.

As a curriculum is already in place, officials in the Directorate of Education (DoE) said it will not be difficult to implement this in corporation schools.

“Teachers will have to be trained but that can easily be facilitated by the State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT) and with those who worked in the formulation of the curriculum,” said a senior DoE official.

However, the education directors in the north and south corporation said “no decision” had been taken on introducing the curriculum, but the proposal was discussed in the meeting.

“The extension can only take place after due approval from house of councilors. No announcement can be made since model code of conduct is also in place,” said an official. An official in the east corporation also said no decision has been taken yet.
However, according to Delhi government, the teaching of the curriculum has made students more caring and responsible. The teachers have also seen students trying to solve problems by reasoning and thinking positively, and the curriculum has brought in emotional stability to the students.
The schools have also noticed that relationship with peers has improved with a marked sense of helpfulness and cooperation. The communications skills have also improved and students talk freely and participate in class discussion. Importantly it has improved daily attendance in the school, incidences of stealing and reduced and truancy has also been checked.