Experts highlight need for immediate action to promote inner well-being and health among adolescents

April 21, 2023
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The Event

WorldBeing recently organized a timely event in New Delhi | India to highlight the need for immediate policy action for promoting inner well-being and health among adolescents.

The objective of this event was to fulfill the aims of the National Education Policy | NEP, 2020—an initiative that focuses on developing individuals who possess not only cognitive abilities, but also a strong character, holistic perspectives, and essential 21st-century skills.

Promoting the well-being of students is crucial to their mental health, educational attainment, and holistic development. The Department is committed to integrating wellbeing into the state training curricula and textbooks and orienting teachers in early identification and psychosocial support.
Shri Sajjan R | Director - SCERT, Government of Bihar

Mental Health leaders gathered for action + results

The well-attended event had recognized speakers and participants across many education and development organizations including:

  • Departments of Health and Education | Government of Bihar
  • Union Education + Health Ministry officials
  • Mental health + adolescent health experts
  • Researchers
  • Practitioners
  • Civil Society Organizations
  • Funding agencies
  • And more

The event also featured an engaging panel discussion titled Putting schools at the core of well-being/Ensuring Schools become supportive ecosystems to foster well-being | The Why and the How.

Event attendees had the opportunity to hear from respected panel participants that included:

  • Dr. Ruchi Shukla + Dr. Sushmita Chakraborty | ManoDarpan Cell, NCERT + co-authors of the NCERT Mental Health study of School Children
  • Ms. Dinu Raheja | The Global Education and Leadership Foundation
  • Dr. Monika Arora | Public Health Foundation of India.

The keynote address was delivered by Shri Sajjan R, Director | SCERT, Government of Bihar

Proven partnership for success in India

Moving forward,  will provide curriculum, training, technical advice, and monitoring support to the Education Department through 2025 to help ensure the adoption and sustainability of its programs across all 38 districts of the state.

At scale, WorldBeing’s programs are expected to reach approximately 35,000 government schools and 534 KGBVs, providing well-being skills to over 3.5 million Standard VI-VIII students annually.

Nandita Bhatla, Country Director, WorldBeing India Foundation added “I am certain that this partnership is an essential step to ensuring that every student and teacher in Bihar obtains the skills and knowledge to both thrive and change their lives. We are thrilled to highlight the success of our long-standing partnership with the Bihar Education Department, and look forward to building collaborations with others to expand this work to other states in India.

Special event panelists included Ms. Aarti Dhar, Ms. Dinu Raheja, Dr. Ruchi Shukla, and Dr. Monica Arora

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