‘Emotional wellness should be a part of mainstream learning’ | Delhi News

New Delhi, February 4 (ANI): Delhi Deputy Prime Minister and AAP Chairman Manish Sisodia speaks to the media in New Delhi during the launch of the pre-election party manifesto in Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI photo)

New Delhi: There is a need to promote emotional well-being in the areas of learning and mainstream subjects. Deputy Prime Minister Manish Sisodia said this in a discussion on mental health and socio-emotional learning at the Harvard Social Enterprise Conference.
“There has always been an urgent need to bring resilience into our daily lives through education. During the pandemic, staying home was in itself a major trauma. Children had to accept an immense learning loss, uncertainty about the future became apparent and many people lost their jobs. It was a difficult time for everyone, and resilience was key here, ”said Sisodia.
Addressing the innovations being promoted by the Delhi government for mental health and wellbeing, Sisodia said, “When the need for wellbeing emerged, we developed the happiness curriculum and encouraged students and teachers to practice mindfulness. The aim was to develop self-esteem, impart critical thinking and research skills, enable learners to communicate effectively, and help children apply their life skills to deal with stressful and contradicting situations around them. ”
“Another initiative to develop resilient children is the Entrepreneurship Mindset Curriculum. Regardless of what kids pursue, we want them to think like entrepreneurs – ready to dream big, try new and challenging goals, spot opportunities, and then plan and execute them to make them a reality, ”said the assistant CM .
Speaking of the key elements that need to be changed or introduced into public education, the Deputy CM said, “The biggest impact the pandemic has on our public education has been that the technology will stay here. We need to adapt quickly to the use of technology and encourage it. “He pointed out Delhi’s first virtual school model, adding that it would bear the hallmarks of every regular state school in the city.
“Leadership has to involve stakeholders. Our leadership is not top-down, but more cooperative. For example, our teachers played a big role in developing the happiness curriculum and their recommendations were heard, ”said Sisodia.

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