Making school a happening and happy place…
Attending schools should not be a chore for a child, but it should be a place where he/she loves to go every day. Let’s see how we all can create a happy space for children at schools.
Schools have a major role to play in increasing the Happiness Index (HI) of our future citizens. If the schools are successful in creating a happy learning environment, we shall have happier children and a happier future. Cultivating an environment which maximizes both development and delight among students should be the overarching learning outcome across schools. This is only possible in a system where every child is felt valued. Child-centered learning, the cultural ethos that the school follows, the conduct and behavior of the teachers and a stress-free learning environment encourages joyful learning.
Positive environment creates happy children
Among various parameters used for measuring the Happiness Index, psychological well being of people is considered a prime factor. The schools play a significant role in developing right attitudes, perspectives and emotional stability among the growing children.
A positive environment contributes extensively to psychological well-being. Happiness should be the main objective of education and should reflect through the vision and mission of a school. An academic environment that allows children to make mistakes and learn from them is the need of the hour. In today’s competitive age, with greater access to social networks, peer pressure, dependence on gadgets, and the pressure to perform; students often lack the necessary emotional support.
Schools can create an environment where each teacher is a counselor and a cordial mentor-mentee relationship exists. Activities where students can give expression to their emotions should be advocated. Dance, drama, poetry, theatre – outlets other than theory and text focused on developing the emotional intelligence help develop the right attitude.
Let’s give our students an engaging environment. Let them benefit from experiential learning, allow them to identify their strengths; let learning be an enriching experience!
Time management: another key to happiness
Assessing the use and Management of Time is a key concern in assessment of HI. Regular workshops on helping children make their own work plans, take ownership of their learning, analyze their results and setting time frames can help children better manage their time. This is a trait that should be ingrained from a very early age. Following plans should not be imposed, but encouraged. At Manav Rachna, we facilitate and help students with their learning journey document. This allows them to create their own portfolios, view their progress and plan their action. Teachers can also track progress of the child. However, this should be a regular and a consistent practice and not a one-off activity.
Fostering unity in diversity…
Cultural diversity and resilience is a positive index of a happy community of people. Given that India has a strong cultural diversity and a history of meaningful and positive cohabitation, it becomes all the more important. For this, children should be encouraged to show interest in different cultures and appreciate diversity. Cross-cultural events, food festivals, dance, music, theatre are some ways that students from different cultures can integrate with each other. Celebration of all religious and national festivals, learning about personalities across states brings in joy and the spirit of oneness.
Manav Rachna International Schools offer just the right blend of quality education while ensuring holistic development of the students. The schools also provide CREST (Culture in Retrospect for Evolution of Society with Technology) curriculum from Pre-school onwards. CREST is a highly-engaging, integrated global-studies curriculum for Grades I through V which is developed specifically for the MRIS Community of Schools.
Integrating curriculum with happiness…
The National Curriculum Framework and the pedagogical strategies adopted by the schools should be integrated with the concept of Happiness in a more focused manner. The objective of education is to enable people to lead happy lives and creating better human beings. To achieve this, all activities should be child-centered. Teachers and parents should be oriented towards the concept of happiness. Parents play a very important role in the happiness index and schools should work closely in educating parents about the concept. Schools should add a tool in assessment where the happiness quotient could be measured through parent, teacher and student feedback. Happiness should be a culture built which can be felt, seen, heard and experienced by all stake holders. If children have an emotionally enriching and a balanced day, they will come running to the school every day!
Sanyogita Sharma began her career as an English lecturer in Women’s College, Amritsar. She joined DAV Public School, Sector 14 as PGT English in 1989 and was designated as the headmistress in 1993. With two decades of experience behind her, she has been the Principal of Manav Rachna International School in Sector 21 C and Charmwood, Faridabad. She is currently the Director Principal of Manav Rachna International Schools.