The Delhi Government schools began with the three-month-long “Constitution at 70 Campaign” from Tuesday that will impart constitutional values to students to celebrate 70 years of India’s Constitution.
The campaign was announced by Education Minister Manish Sisodia. The students of classes 6 to 9 and of class 11 will majorly form a part of the campaign, under which an hour-long session would be held every week. Students appearing for board examinations though are not included in the campaign.
This is the first phase of the Desh Bhakti Curriculum of the Delhi Government. The campaign spans for a duration of three months where the students will be taught constitutional values. The campaign will conclude on November 26, 2019, which is also the day that the constitution of India was adopted 70 years ago.
The Education Minister for the state, Manish Sisodia took to the social networking platform twitter stating that the Delhi Government has launched the Constitution at 70 Campaign in all the schools in order to inculcate the constitutional values such as fraternity, liberty, and equality. This he said is the first phase of the Desh Bhakti curriculum adding that one can truly love the country only if they understand the vision of the founding fathers.
The campaign to be conducted will be held for an hour per week focusing on the cornerstones of the Indian Constitution – liberty, fraternity, and equality. The Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal had announced earlier on August 14, 2019, that the state government will be launching a new Desh Bhakti (patriotism) curriculum for the next academic year as well. These measures are being undertaken in order to develop a feeling of nationalism among the students.
In an official circular, the Directorate of Education (DoE) said the campaign may be aligned with the weekly club activities. Also, the period assigned for Students Council Club or Social Science for Classes 6 to 9 and political science period of class 11 could be used for this purpose.
Between the 27 and 31 of August 2019, the introductory session will be held where students will be taught about the constitutional values. Liberty, Equality and Fraternity will be the staring themes of the campaign for the month of September, October and November, respectively.
The campaign will also require students to undertake “self-exploration activities” and conduct surveys. The initiative undertaken by the Delhi government is truly commendable and will help in enlightening the students about the actual fabric and values on which the Indian constitution was founded.