‘Awakening’ Programme Launched for Class 1-5 for Value-Based Learning

September 16, 2022, New Delhi, Ramakrishna Mission Awakening Programme: On September 15, 2022, the Union Education Minister, Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan, launched the Ramakrishna Mission Awakening Programme for Classes 1 to 5. 

This Awakening Programme aims to ensure a child’s holistic personality development in keeping with the National Education Policy (NEP) guiding principles. Speaking at the event, Mr. Pradhan said that Swami Vivekananda’s philosophy served as a major inspiration for the NEP 2020. He added that great Indian reformers like Sri Aurobindo, Mahatma Gandhi, and Vivekananda envisioned an educational system that is progressive and rooted in civilizational values to advance the nation.

According to the Ministry of Education, one of the main objectives of education is social transformation. Values and knowledge are more significant than money, and value-based education is crucial for creating a generation that is prepared for the future and is socially aware.

Keeping in mind future goals on the same line, authorities also said that the development of value-based educational programmes for classes 9 to 12 will also be prioritised together with those in classes 1 to 8 when implementing NEP 2020. 

The minister also advised that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) establish an advisory framework to promote value-based education in all schools, from Balvatika (kindergarten) to Class 12, in order to develop a talent pool that is prepared for life’s difficulties and dedicated to both national advancement and global welfare. 

This article will further discuss the Ramakrishna Mission Awakening Programme in detail.

Ramakrishna Mission Awakening Programme – Background

  • Since 2014, the Delhi branch of Ramakrishna Mission has been successfully running the Awakened Citizen Program (ACP) for middle school kids.
  • The aim of the Awakened Citizen Program (ACP) was to help students develop their ‘Atmasharaddha’ (self-esteem) and ability to make moral decisions.
  • The objective was to aid students in creating solutions to all of life’s issues.
  • The Awakened Citizen Program (ACP) benefited about 6,000 schools, which included Kendiyra Vidyalayas (KVs), Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs), and government and private schools. It also had more than 55,000 instructors and 12 lakh students.
  • Education experts called for a similar programme for elementary school kids. In response, 126 schools participated in a trial programme named ‘Awakening’ that closely adheres to the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. 
  • Thus, the programme came into existence.

Ramakrishna Mission Awakening Programme – Details

  • The Ministry of Education has launched Ramakrishna Mission’s Awakening Programme for Classes 1 to 5.
  • The Awakening Programme will function along the lines of the National Education Policy (NEP) guiding principles.
  • The initiative is inspired by the teachings of Swami Vivekanand, Sri Aurobindo, and Mahatma Gandhi, who shared the same vision of developing an educational system that is progressive and rooted in civilizational values to advance the nation.
  • Inspired by the Awakening Programme, the ministry has asked the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to form an advisory framework to promote value-based education in all schools, from Balvatika (kindergarten) to Class 12, in order to develop a talent pool that is capable of handling life’s difficulties and dedicated to both national progress and global welfare.

Ramakrishna Mission Awakening Programme – Purpose

  • The main objective of the programme is to make students capable of social transformation, socially responsible, and socially aware.
  • The programme aims to work towards the holistic personality development of students.

FAQs

What is the Ramakrishna Mission?

Swami Vivekananda established the Ramakrishna Mission in 1897 close to Kolkata with the dual goals of advancing the social conditions of Indians and disseminating Vedanta teachings as shown by the life of the saint Ramakrishna.

What is the aim of the Ramakrishna Mission Awakening Programme?

The main objective of the programme is to make students capable of social transformation, socially responsible, and socially aware. The programme also aims to work towards the holistic personality development of students.

What is the full form of NEP?

NEP stands for National Education Policy.

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