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'Three Idiots' fame Sonam Wangchuk, Odisha Minister attend happiness class

NEW DELHI: Bollywood flick ''Three Idiots'' inspiration Sonam Wangchuk and Odisha's Education Minister Samir Ranjan on Monday visited a government school here to attend the happiness class.

"Education is as much about software as it is about the hardware. Delhi's government school infrastructure is commendable but today I am very impressed by the work being done on children's mental wellbeing. Governments across states must rise above politics and work towards introducing such programs," Wangchuk said.

The duo were accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia during their visit to Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya in West Vinod Nagar. "What I have genuinely observed today is that children are happy. Happiness Curriculum is helping children concentrate better on their studies. I want to congratulate Sisodia and his government. I will go back to Odisha and speak with my chief minister about implementing this program in our schools," the Odisha CM said.

A 45-minute Happiness class is organized daily in the government schools of Delhi. It teaches children to be emotionally strong, increasing confidence and happiness in children. The Delhi government is celebrating a fifteen-day long "Happiness Utsav" in its schools on completion of a year of the happiness curriculum. "The Delhi model incorporates best practices from different states, and it would be healthy if all states were to learn from each other. It will help us develop our education system and make our children's future better," Education Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia said.

Across classes 6-8 which were visited by the dignitaries on Monday, children of different ages shared their feedback on how the curriculum has impacted their lives. Many shared the stories they enjoyed listening to, others spoke about the activities conducted in the classroom. Children across the board reported that their stress levels were decreasing and that they were even helping their parents take up mindfulness activities at home. The Happiness Class is for children from nursery to class 8. A 45-minute Happiness class is organized daily in the government schools of Delhi. It teaches children to be emotionally strong, increasing confidence and happiness in children. This class starts with a mindfulness exercise, then continues with stories that teach children important life lessons.

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