The Day of 26th may brought gloom to many families across the nations ,when the CBSE class XII results was declared. News came from suicides of students around many states because of failure in the board exam.
The saddest part is the numbers are on a rise. According to a reply in the Rajyasabha 9,474 students in India committed suicide in 2016, of which 2,413 were attributed to “failure in examinations”.
In this gloomy backdrop, probably one of the most positive developments is the announcement of a ‘Happiness Curriculum’ in Delhi government schools. On 2 July, the government launched this initiative for all students studying up to Class VIII in Delhi government schools. The idea behind the launch of the ‘Happiness Curriculum’ is to spread the message that education is not just to push students to getting good marks, but also to create an environment where they are happy, confident and self-aware.
A ‘Happiness Committee’ of 41 members has designed the curriculum, following the guidelines of the National Curriculum Framework (NCERT, 2005). The curriculum includes various interventions like meditation, joyful exercises, indoor games, storytelling, group discussions, skits, individual and group presentations, activities for rapport building and team-work. The government has set aside a 45-minute “happiness period” every day for children between classes I and VIII, while nursery and kindergarten school children will have this twice a week. This implies that every day, 10 lakh students and 50,000 teachers will “be happy” because of this process.
It’s definitely a much-needed reform to bring in a holistic approach to school education with a friendly touch. Hopefully, this initiative towards “learning happiness” will make learning “a source of happiness”, and eventually teach our children how to negotiate with apparent failure in life.