On Friday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal stated that his government wants to make students good human beings, hardcore patriots, and employable. This is the aim of the education the government provides the students in the state, he said during an event held to mark four years of the ‘Happiness Curriculum.
He added that they want to create students who propagate a message of love, and not spread hate.
He stated that the condition of the education imparted before his government came into power was ‘not upto the mark’. “But now, we are doing well. We have introduced various curricula that have reduced academic pressure. Happiness classes help reduce mental stress in students and that’s why thankfully there is no case of student suicide in Delhi”, he said.
He also remarked that Melania Trump, wife of former US President Donald Trump, was impressed after attending one of the Happiness classes when she had visited India in February 2020. According to Manish Sisodia, education minister of Delhi, the program is run in over thousand schools across the state, and mindfulness is practised by 16 lakh students every day.
The Happiness Class was introduced in 2018 by the Aam Aadmi Party government for students in classes 1 to 8 to improve their mental well-being. The Happiness Curriculum teaches students to be mindful and encourages social-emotional learning, critical thinking, problem-solving, and relationship building, while generally creating more emotional awareness. The curriculum, which was built on philosopher Agrahar Nagraj Sarman’s ‘Happiness Triad’ principle, is managed by a committee of 200 members.
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