‘Happiness Class’ inspires US First Lady Melania

Elias Hubbard
February 27, 2020

Floral rangolis were also drawn at multiple places in the school.

The US President and the First Lady headed to the Sabarmati Ashram to pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi.

She played puzzles with students, and also briefly occupied the class teacher's chair and quizzed them.

During her visit to the school, Melania praised the school and thanked people for India for being very welcoming and kind.

"Thank you for welcoming me". The first classroom she visited was decorated with paintings and the board read - "Welcome First Lady Melania Trump into the treasure of books". "This school exemplifies and promotes values of kindness, compassion and respect...", she said. "I am feeling very relaxed", she said after the brief meditation as part of "mindfulness" activity of the "Happiness Class". She was also handed over a bouquet, while lensmen scurried to get a ideal shot.

Trump was given a warm reception and she was seen clapping during the dance performances by the children that later saw the entire gathering dancing to bhangra. She was also handed over a bouquet after which she lit the ceremonial lamp. Massive security arrangements were made around the school ahead of her visit.

The First Lady also talked about her "Be Best" initiative among children. "Am happy that she will take back the message of happiness from our school". "@FLOTUS will attend a happiness class in our school today", he tweeted.

The "happiness curriculum" is a programme launched by the government of the national capital in 2018 to teach students extra-curricular activities along with mediation and some singing and dancing.

She also told the students that seeing the program and hearing from their teachers proved to her "that the principles of "Be Best" are not just limited to the United States but can be found throughout the world".

The children were dressed in bright-coloured sarees and traditional attire like "ghagra-choli" to welcome Melania Trump. Some of them were carrying bagpipes and other musical instruments.

"While the US embassy had no objection to the presence of the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister, we appreciate their recognition that this is not a political event and that it is best to ensure that the focus is on education, the school, and the students", a US Embassy spokesperson had said.

Sisodia in a tweet said it was a proud moment for his education team.

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