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‘Deshbhakti’ curriculum to be rolled out in Delhi govt schools from 27 September: Kejriwal

During his Independence Day address at Delhi Secretariat, CM Arvind Kejriwal also said the AAP government will start yoga classes in Delhi’s halls and parks from 2 October.

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New Delhi:  Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced that the Delhi government will roll out the ‘Deshbhakti’ curriculum in all government schools from September 27 as a tribute to freedom fighter Bhagat Singh.

During his Independence Day address at the Delhi Secretariat, he also announced that the national capital will soon get its first Sainik School and a preparatory academy to groom children for the armed forces.

Over the last 74 years, students have been taught physics, chemistry, maths, history, geography and other subjects but not patriotism since it is assumed that they will develop a feeling of love for their country, Kejriwal said.

On the occasion of the 75th Independence Day, the Delhi government is going to make this beginning. Under the ‘Deshbhakti’ curriculum, students will be inspired to feel proud of their nation.

The curriculum, Kejriwal said, will not be based on rote learning and there will be no tests.

“It will be activity based and students will be told stories about independence and the nation’s pride. Children will be made to realise their responsibilities and duties towards the country.

“They will be prepared to fulfil their responsibilities and contribute towards the nation’s progress. They will also be prepared in a way that if the need arises, they can lay down their lives for the nation and be willing to give their all to the country,” he said.

The curriculum will be rolled out on September 27 as a tribute to Shaheed Bhagat Singh, he said.

“Shaheed Bhagat Singh made a supreme sacrifice. At the age of 23, the young man was hanged and he embraced it without any complaint. His entire life is an inspiration. He not only inspired the people of his generation but even the future generations. This is our tribute to him,” Kejriwal said.

The chief minister expressed hope that in the future, this curriculum will be taught in schools across the country.

“I call upon parents… when your child comes back from school, talk to them about the country and ask them what they were taught on patriotism. This will not only inspire the students but also their parents.

“Let’s all come together on the occasion of 75th Independence Day and fill the entire nation with the spirit of patriotism… We will have a bright future if we prepare the children today,” he said.

Kejriwal had announced the vision for the ‘Deshbhakti’ curriculum on the 73rd Independence Day in 2019.

The framework of the ‘Deshbhakti’ curriculum submitted by a government-appointed panel was approved by the Governing Council of the State Council of Educational Research And Training (SCERT) on August 6.

On Saturday, the SCERT director presented a copy of the curriculum framework to Kejriwal.

Kejriwal also said his government has begun preparations to give Delhi its first Sainik School.

“Every state has its own Sainik School except Delhi. We have begun preparations to open Delhi’s first Sainik School,” he said.

“Preparations have also begun to open an armed forces preparatory academy. In this academy, along with studies, students will be prepared for the NDA and the armed forces. They will be provided with every kind of training and coaching so that a majority of Delhi’s children can join the armed forces,” he said.

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