The Delhi government on July 2, 2018 launched 'Happiness Curriculum' for school students up to class 8.
The Dalai Lama, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister and education department in-charge Manish Sisodia were present at the occasion.
Addressing the gathering, the Dalai Lama said that India's ability to combine modernity and ancient knowledge will pave way for physical and mental well-being and solving troubles caused due to negative and destructive emotions like anger, hatred and jealousy.
The Dalai Lama also called for the revival of the ancient Indian knowledge in the country of its origin and its subsequent spread across the world including the countries following Buddhism.
Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal termed the 'Happiness Curriculum' as the third stage of reforms in the education sector initiated by his government after infrastructure development and motivation of teachers at the government schools. He added that the new curriculum was a solid step towards creating good human beings.
• The curriculum was conceived by Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister and education department in-charge Manish Sisodia.
• It was designed and prepared by a team of 40 Delhi government teachers, educators and volunteers over a period of six months.
• The 'Happiness Curriculum' would mainly include meditation, value education and mental exercises.
• It would involve a 'Happiness' period of 45 minutes for all students up to class 8 in the state government schools.
• Each class will begin with a five-minute meditation practice.
The move of including the ‘Happiness Curriculum’ is expected to be a solution to modern day issues such as terrorism, corruption and pollution through human-centric education.
It is expected to involve around 10 lakh students and around 50000 teachers.
Who: Delhi government
Why: For school students
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