Hyderabad: It is all about being happy. If education can’t give you happiness, what is the point? This pertinent question appears to have inspired the Telangana Minorities Residential Educational Institutions Society (TMREIS) to come up with a concept entirely new in these parts of the country.
From the forthcoming academic year, society will introduce the ‘Happiness Curriculum, the Joyful Connect’, a value-based curriculum in its residential schools. The new curriculum is aimed at transforming students into responsible, caring, and contributing citizens besides, helping them stay motivated and happy.
The curriculum is an effort by society to help students understand, care for and act upon core ethical values that have universal applications. The focus will be on five core values including integrity, respect, responsibility, empathy and fairness.
The students will be taught character traits and concepts such as dealing with pressures, stress and handling emotions, anger management, decision making, punctuality, accountability, patience and self-control as part of the core value ‘responsibility’.
They will also be introduced to concepts of truthfulness, courage, trust, loyalty, reliability, trustworthiness, humility, discipline, caring, charity, team work, conflict management, forgiveness, justice, peace and sportsmanship as part of the curriculum. These will be imparted in an informal and interactive way through story-telling, videos, audios, role plays, small games, group activity, and anecdote form among others.
It will be introduced for all classes in 204 Telangana Minorities Residential Schools from the academic year 2019-20. Every day, students will have informal and interactive classes on the new curriculum for about 45 minutes before commencement of actual classwork.
“The idea of the Happiness Curriculum, the Joyful Connect is to impart value-based education in the TMR Schools. It is aimed at transforming students by equipping them with values. The new curriculum will be conducted for all the classes before the first period and it is expected to attract more students to the schools,” B Shafiullah, Secretary, TMREIS told Telangana Today.
The Happiness Curriculum was first launched by the Delhi government in government schools last year. It focused on physical and mental health well-being, anger management and problem solving among other areas. The success of the new curriculum prompted private schools in Delhi as well to replicate it.