Yoga is now compulsory for school children in Nepal

Based on inputs by Prerna Mahrotra Gupta

To promote a healthy lifestyle, Nepal government has made yoga mandatory for school children in a bid to promote a healthy lifestyle. The course will be implemented in the school curriculum from the upcoming academic sessions. This will al and will be timely revised if needed.

Nepal’s Ministry of Education, Science and technology have completed designing courses on yoga for grades ninth to twelfth. The subject will have credits similar to other subjects. The subject will be taught under a three-year diploma programme under the Council for Technical Education. The spokesperson of education, science and technology Ministry, Deepak Sharma said “The course is integrated with the school curriculum to promote a healthy lifestyle.

On top of this, curriculum for the three-year vocational course on ‘Technical School Leaving Certificate in Yoga, Ayurveda and Naturopathy’ has also been designed. Krishna Prashad Kapri, joint secretary at the ministry of said “The students will have an option to choose between yoga, Ayurveda, and natural medicine as an optional subject at the school level.” Kapri also said that the courses will help students learn about Yoga and its importance. The course will also instil moral values in students and help them maintain their mental health.

Adding further he said besides being helpful in the treatment of various ailments, Yoga, Ayurveda and naturopathy will also be helpful for further research.

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