'Constitution Class' for Delhi school students
NEW DELHI: On our 70th Republic Day, the Delhi government has good news for government schools students as it initiated "Constitution Class" for the students. The course designed around six main themes — Justice, Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, Secular, and Democratic.
The campaign will reportedly be active from January 25 to November 26, 2019. "Bane of the campaign called 'Constitution at 70', with the aim of connecting the youth to the values enshrined in the Constitution of India, and to imbibe these values in their daily lives," said an official. The campaign will include students from classes VI to class XII, from both government and private schools in Delhi.
"On one hand, we have students coming out of schools uninspired and ill-equipped to understand civics issues, on the other hand, communities face governance and development issues that could be addressed only through citizen engagement," said Deputy CM and Education Minister Manish Sisodia in a letter.
He also added that the purpose of the campaign is to connect young citizens to the value enshrined in the Preamble, and make them politically aware and empowered citizens.
The letter also added that since the Annual board exams (and also internal exams) will commence from mid-February, the general election will likely be held in April-May and mid-term exam for the session 2019-20 will fall during September, the campaign will have to be planned in a staggered manner.
The 'Constitution at 70' programs in schools, that is a part of the campaign, will commence in July. The letter states that every week, from July onwards, one Social Science or Political Science period should be used by the students to prepare for the theme of the month, under the guidance of their respective teacher. It also said that the theme of the month would be "centrally decided and communicated in advance."
The letter given by Sisodia also requests half day activities be conducted in the schools where students can participate in panel discussions, a presentation on their findings, role play, theatre, etc.
The Delhi government last year came up with the concept of "Happiness Curriculum" which got wide appreciation across the world. Later the government also initiated "Entrepreneurship Curriculum" for the government school students and the latest one is the "Constitution Class".
The initiative has already created a lot of social media buzz where people from across the spectrum have welcomed the move and appreciated the idea.