Over 1000 Delhi govt schools to conduct Happiness Assembly till July 31

More than 1000 schools will conduct special Happiness assemblies until July 31

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Delhi government school students who were once reluctant to share their problems, burdened by school syllabus and petty fights with their friends are now more relaxed and smiling. The reason, claim the teachers, is because of the Happiness Curriculum, introduced almost a year ago. On July 2, 2018, the Directorate of Education (DoE), New Delhi, had introduced Happiness Curriculum. A year later, the government schools are celebrating ‘Happiness Utsav‘ from July 16-31, 2019.

A list of several activities including drawing mela, discussions on self-change, rally, slogan writing and skit, has been shared with the schools. These activities will be conducted every day during the special Happiness Assembly for classes up to VIII.

“The activities focus on many aspects of the curriculum including mindfulness, empathy and gratitude. The festival is being celebrated to mark the first anniversary of the Happiness Curriculum and students are participating with enthusiasm,” says Shiva Prakash Pathak, vice principal, Government Co-Ed Senior Secondary School, Preet Vihar.

Pathak says that the impact of the Happiness Curriculum is similar to its name, leading to the emotional and mental growth of the ‘happy‘ students in the schools.

The parents of the students will also be invited to the schools to practise mindfulness on July 29. The activities will be conducted by selected students from class VI-VIII. The festival also includes Zonal Happiness Day and District Happiness Day, which will be celebrated on July 24 and July 27, respectively.

Fauzia, drawing teacher and Happiness Curriculum coordinator at Government Girls Senior Secondary School (GSSS), Joga Bai, Jamia Nagar, says, “Initially, students were reluctant to share their emotions and unable to understand the basic concepts of mindfulness. But, simple yet effective stories have introduced them to the art of being happy. The curriculum is inculcating some crucial values such as empathy, gratitude, kindness and collaboration in the students, which will help them in their holistic development.”

Fauzia shares several impactful stories about her students, who opened up to initiate a discussion on value-based learning. Students have acquired a better sense of self-awareness and compassion over the last one year. To showcase gratitude towards the self, family, society and nature, the students will also paint a gratitude wall in the school premises.
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