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Recently, the Union Minister for Education launched Ramakrishna Mission’s ‘Awakening’ Programme for school students.
About the Awakening Programme
- It is an initiative to ensure a child’s whole personality development in keeping with the National Education Policy (NEP), 2020’s guiding principles.
- It is intended for students in grades I through V.
- The Awakened Citizen Program (ACP) for middle school children has been successfully run by the Ramakrishna Mission, Delhi branch, since 2014 in order to help them develop “ATMASHRADDHA” (Self-esteem) and make moral decisions.
- It aids them in locating solutions to all of life’s issues. Education experts have called for a similar approach for pupils in primary schools.
- As a result, 126 schools have participated in the design and pilot testing of “Awakening.
- Social transformation is one of the key goals of education.
- Values and wisdom are more important than material wealth.
- Value-based education is important for building a future-ready and socially conscious generation.
About Ramakrishna Mission
- The Ramakrishna Mission engages in major philanthropic and educational activity and presents a contemporary interpretation of the Advaita Vedanta school of Indian philosophy.
- Vivekananda established the group in 1897 close to Kolkata with the twin goals of advancing Indian society and disseminating the Vedic teachings as manifested in the life of the saint Ramakrishna (1836–86).
- The organisations were founded by Sri Ramakrishna, a revered Bengali saint who lived from 1836 to 1886 and is known as the Prophet of the Modern Age, and his most important follower, Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902).
- Motto: “For one’s own salvation and for the welfare of the world” (ATMANO MOKSHARTHAM JAGAD HITAYA CHA).