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Happiness Curriculum

Topics Covered: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

Happiness Curriculum:


Context:

Uttar Pradesh government is likely to introduce a ‘happiness curriculum’ as a pilot project from this academic session.

  • To be called ‘realisation curriculum’, it would be introduced in Mathura schools this session onwards.

Objectives:

The purpose to launch the curriculum in UP is to support students in their journey to sustainable happiness through engagement in meaningful and reflective stories and activities.

 

What is Happiness Curriculum?

The happiness curriculum was first introduced by the Delhi government in 2018.

  • The curriculum calls for schools to promote development in cognition, language, literacy, numeracy and the arts along with addressing the wellbeing and happiness of students.

How is the curriculum implemented?

The curriculum is designed for students of classes nursery through the eighth standard.

  • Group 1 consists of students in nursery and KG, who have bi-weekly classes (45 minutes each for one session, which is supervised by a teacher) involving mindfulness activities and exercise. Children between classes 1-2 attend classes on weekdays, which involves mindfulness activities and exercises along with taking up reflective questions.
  • The second group comprises students from classes 3-5 and the third group is comprised of students from classes 6-8 who apart from the aforementioned activities, take part in self-expression and reflect on their behavioural changes.

 

The learning outcomes of this curriculum are spread across four categories:

  1. Becoming mindful and attentive (developing increased levels of self-awareness, developing active listening, remaining in the present).
  2. developing critical thinking and reflection (developing strong abilities to reflect on one’s own thoughts and behaviours, thinking beyond stereotypes and assumptions).
  3. developing social-emotional skills (demonstrating empathy, coping with anxiety and stress.
  4. developing better communication skills) and developing a confident and pleasant personality (developing a balanced outlook on daily life reflecting self-confidence, becoming responsible and reflecting awareness towards cleanliness, health and hygiene).

How assessment is carried out?

For the evaluation, no examinations are conducted, neither will marks be awarded. The assessment under this curriculum is qualitative, focusing on the “process rather than the outcome” and noting that each student’s journey is unique and different.

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Prelims Link:

  1. What is it?
  2. Components.
  3. States implementing Happiness Curriculum.

Mains Link:

Discuss the significance of Happiness Curriculum.

Sources: the Hindu.