If we are asked to name our favourite subject in school, most of us would say singing, dancing, drawing or even english. At best, people will speak of science, geography or other such conventional subjects. But very few of us will speak of history or civics for that matter. Now, an essential part of citizenship, the constitution lies in these 2 subjects. But how many of us actually know it or have studied about it? In a pioneering step the Delhi Govt. is trying to remedy this by introducing a constitution course in school.

What is it?

To bridge th gap and make children politically conscious from an early age, the Delhi government is going to start a 10-month-long campaign to help students connect with “constitutional values”. Starting from July 1, students in government and private schools would be learning about our constitution.

How will it be done?

Students from VI to XII from all government and private schools will engage in constitutional learnings on a centrally decided day in their weekly classes. They will also have to dedicate half a day every month to practically apply their learnings, like engage in parliamentary debates and panel discussions.

“I want all teachers to initiate discussions to understand what the ultimate goal of learning science and maths is — why the Preamble is relevant to all these subjects. The children need to understand their subjects and learning against the larger goals of the country, and what they need to serve it,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia told The Indian Express.

Aims and Objectives

The government says that the reason behind the introduction of constitution classes was because school teachers complained that the civics syllabus was boring. ‘not relevant’ and ‘not practical’.

“This signals a crisis. On one hand, we have students coming out of schools uninspired and ill-equipped to understand civic issues. On the other hand, communities face governance and development issues that could be addressed only through citizen engagement,” read the statement.

Source: The Logical Indian