The Education Ministry will launch the “Mindfulness” program as a pilot program for schoolchildren on January 4 in all schools, Education Minister Susil Premajayantha said.
Addressing the media at the ministry today he said the program would start from January 4 at 7.30 and last for 10 minutes weekly on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
The cabinet approved the program’s implementation beginning in 2023.
Every religious leader representing the Ministry religious department will be assigned to supervise the program. A television discussion was scheduled to be held on January 2. Every religious leader representing the Ministry religious department will be assigned to supervise the program.
“This program is not focused on one religion. The main target of the program is to bring the mind to one place for 10 minutes,” he said.
He stated that while the program is being implemented, schoolchildren will be trained to focus their minds on a single goal.
Mindfulness is a practice that supports educators with skills to improve focus and better manage stress, and it also offers self-care strategies, so educators feel more nourished and energized to support students in the classroom.
The decision was made to implement the mindfulness program in schools in order to reduce the stress on children’s minds as a result of their involvement in illegal activities such as drug addiction and violent incidents, according to the Minister