To keep them away from mobiles, online games, children asked to listen to stories from grandparents in homework

New Delhi: Students studying at government schools in Delhi are now listening to stories from grandparents and their childhood stories in homework.

Teachers are telling them to listen to stories from grandparents and learn about their experience in the homework.

Not only this, the next day in the class, every child is told to narrate the experiences of their grandparents, so that other children could also get the benefit.

The children are being asked to talk with their parents, uncles, and aunts. The aim behind such efforts is to keep children away from mobile phones and online games and let them understand the importance of family relations.

In fact, the Happiness Programme was implemented in government schools in Delhi last year.

Delhi government’s flagship programme, Happiness Curriculum, introduced class-specific handbooks in government schools.

Launched last year, the curriculum will now be taught from eight handbooks designed for each class as a part of a one-month pilot project.

The new handbooks are being tried out between April 12 and May 10 in the schools in areas like West Vinod Nagar, Yamuna Vihar, Padam Nagar, Khera Khurd, Shalimar Bagh, and Nangloi.

Till now the curriculum comprised of a set of three books — first book for class 1 and 2, second book for class 3, 4, 5 and third book for class 6,7,8.

Under the curriculum, nursery and kindergarten students were taught twice a week while students from classes 1 to 8 spent one period a day to engage in meditation, storytelling, and activity sessions.

Increase in number of stories and activities

While the old handbooks included 20 stories and 20 activities each, separate class-wise curriculum means an increase in the number of stories and activities.

The curriculum includes story-telling and activities, followed by question-answer sessions.

According to members of the Happiness Curriculum committee, the revised curriculum has reduced story-based questions laying more emphasis on reflective questions.

(Story by Raj Kishore)