IN a world gripped by a health crisis, happiness can sometimes be elusive for even the most jovial of us.
That, however, was no reason for over 3,700 teachers and students from across the globe to feel discouraged as they took part in a project to make the world shine brighter.
Held from January to April this year, the Humane Happiness 2021 saw 60 educators from Malaysia and their students joining their international counterparts in offering each other social-emotional support.
Through activities carried out over the course of 10 weeks, the participants were given opportunities to develop constructive habits, a sense of optimism and relationship-building skills.
They also experienced the joy of contributing towards a social cause, which is essential for effective understanding of global citizenship.
It is hoped that the project will empower the participants to become global citizens who strive to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and are competent in the 10 life skills laid down by the World Health Organisation.
Humane Happiness South-East Asia coordinator Nirmaladevi Kandasamy found that her pupils were motivated to learn the English language during their participation.
“The pupils are second language learners, so they have low self-esteem and a fear of learning English. But throughout this project, they were encouraged to listen, speak, read and write in the language,” said the teacher at SK St. Patrick, Tawau, Sabah.
The international research-based collaborative project is the brainchild of Pramod Thube, an English language teacher from Maharashtra, India.
It aims to instil compassion in the student fraternity and encourage everyone to explore ways to attain and spread happiness in these unusual times.