Andhra Wants Share Of Happiness By Adapting Delhi School Curriculum
Editorials News | Apr-03-2019
In 2018, the curriculum had been launched in the government schools of Delhi. Teachers have received teaching handbooks which lay out various concepts and engaging activities, including stories which need to be discussed in the classroom.
With the government of Andhra Pradesh looking to adapt it by June, the flagship Happiness Curriculum of Delhi government is going places. Various states have shown interest on this curriculum including Ladakh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Jharkhand. They even visited Delhi schools. The government of Andhra Pradesh will be the first for adapting the flagship project and launching a state-specific Happiness Curriculum.
The curriculum had been launched in the schools of Delhi government in 2018. Teaching handbooks were designed for teachers, laying out so many concepts and interesting activities, including stories to be discussed in class.
A Satyanarayana from SCERT Andhra Pradesh, the state’s curriculum coordinator, said that these handbooks have already been translated to Telugu language for helping teachers to understand the objectives of the curriculum.
Education advisors and state officials said that they have a core team of 35 including teachers, lecturers from DIET (District Institute of Education and Training) centres, education advisors and state officials. These are working on content creation. They are planning to retain 30% of the content from Delhi’s curriculum. The rest of the content will be developed according to our cultural context, requirements and capabilities. They have also completed content for the first 12 weeks of teaching according to a statement given by Satyanarayana.
This curriculum was launched as a “happiness curriculum” in state-run schools. It will be taught to around eight lakh students from nursery up to Class 8th of all the government schools of Delhi from the new academic session. The curriculum comprises a “happiness period” of 45 minutes and five minutes of meditation before each class.
Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister said that a team of 40 professionals has framed the curriculum including meditation, moral values and mental exercises. The Dalai Lama congratulated the government of Delhi for initiating with the idea and said that only India has the ability to combine modern education with ancient knowledge. This is very essential for the fulfilment of human emotions.
By: Preeti Narula