‘Happiness Curriculum’ for Delhi govt schools

New Delhi: The Delhi government launched ‘Happiness Curriculum’ for its school students on Monday, with the Dalai Lama gracing the occasion and saying that India can lead the world by uniting the modern and ancient knowledge and help it overcome negative emotions of the mankind.

Launching the curriculum for students of Nursery up to Class VIII, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal termed the occasion historical.

Congratulating Delhi government for its initiative to include ‘Happiness curriculum’ in its schools, the Dalai Lama said “only India has the ability to combine modern education with ancient knowledge which is necessary for fulfilment of human emotions.”

“By reviving this ancient knowledge, India can become the modern Guru,” he said.

Addressing the gathering, Kejriwal termed the ‘Happiness curriculum’ as the third stage of reforms in education sector initiated by his government after focusing on infrastructure development and motivation of teachers at the government schools.

“Education is our topmost priorities. The Centre and other state governments should give one year, focussing on education at a war footing,”he said. The chief minister said that there was a need to overhaul the present education system that has not been able to produce good human being and added that ‘Happiness Curriculum’ was a solid step towards this aim.

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama with Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Dy CM Manish Sisodia in New Delhi on Monday.

‘Happiness’ period

  • The curriculum will involve a ‘Happiness’ period of 45 minutes for all students studying in Nursery up to Class VIII at all the Delhi government schools.
  • Each class will begin with a five-minute meditation practice.
  • The curriculum include value education, and mental exercises, yoga designed and prepared by a team of 40 Delhi government teachers, educators and volunteers over a period of six months.