Commemorating one year of its flagship happiness curriculum which was launched last year, the Delhi Government on Tuesday began its two-week-long festival. The fest involves activities across all the government schools in Delhi.
The Happiness curriculum was launched in 1000 plus schools in Delhi on July 2 last year. Since then it has become one of the Delhi government’s most publicized education initiatives with the governments of different states and regions such as Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand and countries like Afghanistan expressing interest in the programme.
The Education Minister Manish Sisodia said that the aim of the fest ‘Happiness Utsav’ is to help in articulating the benefits of the programme in a better way. He said that many people feel that good things are happening through these classes but they are not able to articulate them. During this festival, he said that students can share their experience in assemblies or by the means of art and debates. The best answers will get a chance to share their thoughts at the Zonal and District levels. On July 31, 2019, there will be a finale at the Talkatora Stadium where these thoughts will be shared, he added.
Until July 31, 2019, the happiness assemblies will be held every morning across all the government schools in Delhi for students up to class 8. Activities for each day have been allotted prior. A number of different themes will be explored such as ‘what ensures my happiness’, ‘having compassion for others’ and discussions among students on changes they have observed in themselves through these classes and presentations of skits on ‘what makes you happy’.
The Education minister further elaborated that, “The Delhi government is celebrating the Happiness Utsav to mark the first year of the curriculum’s launch. On the first day, the children were involved in a Drawing Mela, where they drew on the subject, ‘What makes you happy?’ Lakhs of children across the city from Classes 1 to 8 sat in their respective school assemblies to take part in the activity. Such activities will encourage children to reflect on their emotion and thought process. It will help them understand themselves better and lead them to be mindful of their feelings.”
The minister also added that the invitations to the festival have been sent out to education ministers of every state. He also added that the government has already received confirmation that a Japanese delegation will be attending the event later. Invitations have also been advanced to dignitaries, alumni and parents to witness the festival that will conclude in a grand ceremony on July 31.