Happy School Project

The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, based in Bangkok, has launched the Happy Schools Project, with the aim of promoting happiness in schools through enhanced learner well-being and holistic development.It will be operationalised with the involvement of the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP).

Background

Over recent decades, access to education has expanded significantly throughout the world. Countries are increasingly achieving universal basic education, extending their coverage to secondary education. However, at the same time, there is a concern that education systems are becoming too competitive, stress-fuelled and exam-oriented.

Rising trends of intolerance and violent extremism as well as increasing levels of anxiety and depression among the youth are also being witnessed . Causes of these are many and complex, but there is an increasing consensus that something must be done to redefine the purpose of school education.