Delhi to conduct survey to understand pandemic impact on school children
Due to repetitive closure of schools during the Covid pandemic, not only there has been loss of education of children but they have also been affected mentally and emotionally.
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In the past two years, the world of children has reduced to only one room in their houses. Being away from schools for a long time is leading to mental stress and fear among them. To understand this situation and to investigate the effects on children’s mental and emotional state during Covid, the Delhi government is going to conduct a large-scale survey.
On the basis of the findings of this survey and recommendations of experts on the same, Delhi’s famous “Happiness Curriculum” will be updated, so that mental and emotional well-being of school going children can be taken care of.
In this regard, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia gave instructions to the concerned officials on Friday.
He said the last two years have been really tough and very stressful for the school children.
Due to school closure students have been confined to home, which is leading to a situation of fear and stress among students. It is very important to understand their mental state, to bring them back to the normal situation. In view of this, the Kejriwal government has decided to conduct the study on a large scale to understand the changes in mental and emotional state of school children in the past two years and what steps can be taken for their well being.
Along with children the study will also focus on analysing the changes in parenting style, psychological and emotional state of parents, as children have spent most of their time during lockdown with them, in the past two years.
Along with students and parents, teachers have also seen many changes in their routine and teaching styles. This survey will analyse this aspect too. Since “Happiness” is a holistic process, it is important to understand the mental state of each and every person in students’ lives.
Sisodia said Happiness Curriculum has played an important role in maintaining mental and emotional wellbeing of students studying in our schools. With the help of this study and help from experts, we will modify the Happiness curriculum by introducing new chapters, stories and activities, so that students can learn to be stress free in challenging situations like pandemic.