Taking Gandhi to Schools
Gandhiji attached great importance to education for the evolution of a non-violent society. He used to say that education must be of a new type for the sake of the creation of a new world. In this regard he developed his scheme of basic education for the all-round development of children. The essence of Nai Talim was that craft, art, health and education should all be integrated into one scheme. He held that Nai Talim is a beautiful blend of all the four and covers the whole education of the individual from the time of conception to the moment of death.
In Art of Living, Gandhiji writes, “Our education has got to be revolutionized. The brain must be educated through the hand. If I were a poet, I would write poetry of the possibilities of the five fingers. Why should you think that the mind is everything and the hands and feet nothing?”
Again on August 28, 1937, he writes in Harijan, “In my scheme of things, the hand will handle tools before it draws or traces the writing. The eyes will read the pictures of letters and words as they will know other things in life, the ears will catch the names and meanings of things and sentences. The whole training will be natural, responsive and therefore, the quickest and the cheapest in the world.”
A major focus of Gandhi Smriti’s programme is children. They are the future leaders and in the backdrop of increasing materialism there is urgent need to acclimatize them with the message of the Mahatma so that they become socially responsible.