Dalai Lama launches ‘happiness curriculum’ for Delhi schools

The government of  India’s capital city, Delhi led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched a “happiness curriculum” in state-run schools.

The curriculum will include a ‘happiness period of 45 minutes and five minutes of meditation before every class. This will be taught to around 800,000 students from nursery up to Class 8 at all the Delhi government-run schools from the new academic year.

“Imagine the impact of involving ten lakh students and around 50,000 teachers,” Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia said, as reported by Scroll. “It is our belief that the modern day problems like terrorism, corruption, and pollution can be solved through schools and a human-centric education.”

The curriculum has been designed by 40 experts and hopes to focus on the mental well-being of the students. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called this “historic” and said  the “happiness curriculum” is a “solid step towards creating good human beings.”

At the launch, the Dalai Lama congratulated the Delhi government and said, “Only India has the ability to combine modern education with ancient knowledge, which is necessary for the fulfilment of human emotions.”

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