The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) shows its highest concern for value education in schools as it has collaborated with Ramakrishna Mission, founded by Swami Vivekananda, to launch a three-year value education program for classes VII, VIII and IX.
The Ramakrishna Mission, Delhi has been entrusted to develop the Program based on the teachings of Swami Vivekananda that will enable students to handle different life situations and become good citizens as well.
The program comprises a total 48 sessions of 45 minutes each, and the curriculum will include 16 modules for each class. “The entire program is based on Swamiji's message of infinite potential in every individual which can be manifested as excellence in every walk of life," stated CBSE in a circular sent to all schools. The program is likely to be introduced from the next academic session.
According to the circular, the aim of the program is to empower students in a real and tangible way and help them develop as enlightened citizens enabling them to stand on their own feet. Such students will not only do well for themselves but will also have the larger interest of the society.
Though the program is being designed by Ramakrishna Mission, schools will run it through their own teachers. To train teachers with the nuances of the program, the Mission will provide a comprehensive five day long training program for all teachers nominated by their respective schools for this purpose. The mission will also provide with all tools and material to conduct the program.
"In the first year, nearly 700 teachers from about 350 schools in the NCT of Delhi will be oriented for the implementation of the program, followed by more such batches in the subsequent years," reads the CBSE circular.
The Ramakrishna Mission has taken the initiative to develop this comprehensive program on value education for CBSE schools on the occasion of 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda this year.
Meanwhile, the CBSE has invited the Principals from schools in the NCT of Delhi for a half-day workshop on the program on 07 December 2013 at the Ramakrishna Ashrama, New Delhi. The workshop will present the scope and content of the entire program.