How Important is Child’s Happiness Index?

Nisha Kapoor

Principal, The Jain International School, Hyderabad

The moment babies open their eyes to the outer world, they start understanding different emotions, which are generally involuntary at some stage and voluntary in different situations. For parents, their children are the world and their satisfaction is confined to the dreams and aspirations of their children. I firmly believe that every child is unique in his or her own way. Every child is a winner and is born to do something special. There are four important Ps:

  • Preparedness
  • Passion for doing something
  • Peace of mind
  • Purpose of life

UNESCO has brought out a magazine on the Happy Schools' Framework in the Asia-Pacific. The journal throws light on the source of happiness and the policies of different countries in the region. As students are future citizens, school development plans should align with the social and emotional wellbeing of students.

Schools should endeavour to orient and counsel parents about the concept of “freedom of life choices”. The ripple effect of the homely atmosphere and the school atmosphere plays a vital role. So, are children really pursuing their passion, or are they just puppets of the education system?

If the young ones are allowed to follow their hearts and passions, there will be more musicians, cricketers, artists, and actors than doctors and engineers. Several engineers have started a chain of restaurants at a later stage of life. Many qualified doctors have become excellent musicians and businessmen.

Parents try to achieve their unfulfilled dreams by imposing them on the child, disregarding what interest and talent the child has. I advise such parents and school authorities to take bold steps by implementing the following practices regularly.

  • Brain mapping technique, by analysing fingerprints of each child, gives an accurate picture of a child’s personality and skills and helps choose an appropriate career in the future.
  • Introduction of online evaluation of the main subjects periodically, which should contain competitive-based questions irrespective of textbooks
  • Regular counselling sessions for parents bridge the generation gap between parents and children. Introducing vocational training like photography, aeromodelling and mobile repairing workshops and conducting school expeditions, field trips, and specialised IT coaching would be beneficial while opting a career.

“A bird cannot swim in the water and a fish cannot climb a tree.” Right practice in the right direction will definitely increase the happiness index of an individual. The strategies mentioned above will significantly increase the rate of success and student achievement.

Nisha Kapoor

Principal, The Jain International School, Hyderabad