After Happiness Course, Delhi Govt To Introduce Classes On Constitution

The Logical Indian Crew Delhi

January 25th, 2019 / 1:40 PM

Image Credit: Patrika

We have learnt Mathematics, English, Vernacular, Science and History among many other subjects in school. These subjects were important for us to learn the basics of education. But, do we know anything about the functioning of our country? Should citizens not have an equal opportunity to learn from the very beginning about how our constitution works?

To bridge this gap and make children politically conscious from an early age, the Delhi government is going to start a 10-month-long campaign to help students connect with “constitutional values”. Starting from July 1, students in government and private schools would be learning about our constitution.


Important values

Students from VI to XII from all government and private schools will engage in constitutional learnings on a centrally decided day in their weekly classes. They will also have to dedicate half a day every month to practically apply their learnings, like engage in parliamentary debates and panel discussions.

“I want all teachers to initiate discussions to understand what the ultimate goal of learning science and maths is — why the Preamble is relevant to all these subjects. The children need to understand their subjects and learning against the larger goals of the country, and what they need to serve it,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia told The Indian Express.

The government says that the reason behind the introduction of constitution classes was because school teachers complained that the civics syllabus was boring. ‘not relevant’ and ‘not practical’.

“This signals a crisis. On one hand, we have students coming out of schools uninspired and ill-equipped to understand civic issues. On the other hand, communities face governance and development issues that could be addressed only through citizen engagement,” read the statement.


Happiness Course in schools   

Last year in July, Delhi government introduced a new course, the ‘Happiness course’. Under the ‘Happiness Course’, launched on July 2, the students spend 45 minutes every day to participate in activities like storytelling, meditation and question and answer sessions. Additionally, for nursery and KG students, these classes will be held twice a week.

Arvind Kejriwal, while introducing this curriculum, termed it to be ‘historical’, while the Dalai Lama congratulated the Delhi government for initiating the course and said, “Only India has the ability to combine modern education with ancient knowledge which is necessary for the fulfilment of human emotions.”


Also Read: Dalai Lama Launches ‘Happiness Course’ In Delhi Govt Schools; To Help Students Deal With Stress & Pressure


Contributors

Written by : Poorbita Bagchi

Edited by : Poorbita Bagchi

Related Stories

HIV Test Before Marriage Goa

Goa: HIV Test To Be Made Compulsory Before Marriage Soon, Govt Set To Introduce Law

Taking Cue From Delhi Govt’s Happiness Curriculum, National Education Policy Must Include Social And Emotional Learning

Haveri Jail Inmates SSLC Exam

Karnataka: 4 Primary-Level Educated Jail Inmates Take SSLC Exam After Three-Month Crash Course

Delhi Farmers MSP

AAP Govt To Introduce MSP For Farmers Based On Swaminathan Commission Report

Happiness Therapy GTB

Doctors Not-So-Happy: ‘Happiness Therapy’ In Delhi Hospital Slammed By Most, Welcomed By Some

Braille Script Constitution

Constitution Day: For The First Time, Indian Constitution Made Available In Braille

Latest on The Logical Indian

News

Women In Japan Are Not Allowed To Wear Specs At Work

News

IRCTC’s First Private Train-Tejas Earns Rs 70 Lakh Profit In First Month Of Its Operations

Get Inspired

Viral Photo Of Girl Peeping Inside Classroom For Food, Gets Her Admission In Same School

News

In A Move To Promote Communal Harmony, Assam Muslims To Donate Rs 5 Lakh For Ayodhya Temple

News

Karnataka Stares At 25-30% Slump In Food Production Due To Incessant Rain

Opinion

Not So ‘Fair’: Why Cast Fair-Skinned Actors For Dark-Skinned Roles?

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.