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Happiness curriculum in Indian schools

7 Nov 2020

The Board of Directors, Indian Schools Oman, with its mission to ensure transformative learning for every child, will be introducing a new supplementary Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum, termed ‘Happiness Curriculum’ in all 21 Indian Schools across the sultanate.

As a pilot project, the Happiness Curriculum will be implemented in a few selected classes across all Indian schools in the sultanate with effect from January 2021, with one period per week.

As per a press statement, there is a need to redefine the purpose of education as more than merely improving the student’s scholastic performance. 

‘More than ever before, it is now essential to raise and prepare students as future citizens who are emotionally intelligent, mindful and empathetic, firmly rooted in their identity.

‘Introduction of Happiness Curriculum in schools will enable students to be aware of their emotions and strive for optimal emotional health, as a member of their families, school, society and the world at large. The intended outcome is to enhance students’ level of self-awareness, mindfulness and deepen learning to lead a happier and meaningful life.’ 

“The Happiness Curriculum is an endeavour to guide the attention of students towards exploring, experiencing and expressing emotions. We hope to enable positive emotions to be experiences not just momentarily but also in deeper and sustainable forms as well. This can create a paradigm shift where a learner moves from searching happiness externally from senses to be able to ensure it within oneself through learning and awareness and ensure continuity of values,” noted Dr Baby Sam Saamuel, chairman, Board of Director, Indian Schools in Oman.

A holistic curriculum not only promotes development in cognition, language, numeracy and the arts but also addresses well-being and happiness of the 

students, the statement said. The Happiness Curriculum will focus on emotional intelligence striving to bring about emotional literacy skills and at the same time, teach children to identify and boost positive emotions such as happiness and well-being. It will also emphasise on co-scholastic skills of mindfulness, self-awareness, critical thinking, reflection and inner stability.

This SEL syllabus is designed in line with international practices in this regard and will be age appropriate. 

The teacher’s handbook for Happiness Curriculum classes include description of activities, stories and activities with reflective questions. Like any other subject, students will have a dedicated period for the curriculum.

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