1. Education Project – National
In order to assist educators, The Gandhi Foundation has produced a presentation ‘Gandhi – A Life in Pictures’, designed to be used at secondary / high school level, and also suitable for adult audiences. It is free to download, but please support the development of resources such as these by making a secure donation via Paypal.
Worksheets / Modules
A free educational resource pack on Gandhi, designed for school teachers (UK KS3&4), is available in the form of an Adobe PDF file by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org and quoting ref. TT186.
Written by Susan Denton-Brown, Chair of The Gandhi Foundation executive committee, and previously Head of Religious Studies at Tanbridge House School in West Sussex, the resource pack includes six modules which focus on the following aspects of Gandhi’s life and work:
2. Non-violent protest
3. Conflict transformation and mediation
4. Equity in community
5. Environmental issues
6. Exploring spirituality
Each module suggests relevant clips from the movie Gandhi by Richard Attenborough, and then presents a series of exercises for groups and the whole class.
The Gandhi Speakers Network provides a list of Speakers available to address schools and community groups around the country.
The Gandhi Foundation has been appointed as UK touring partner by the British Library for its Gandhi Travelling Exhibition. The exhibition comprises six roll-up panels, printed with photographs depicting events in the life of Gandhi. Each panel is 220 cm high and 86 cm wide when erected. If your venue is interested in hosting the exhibition, please email email@example.com with your requested dates. There is no charge for the exhibition itself, but venues are required to pay transportation costs and to provide insurance cover.
The panels can be viewed at:
2. Education Project – East End of London
In memory of Surur Hoda, the Foundation is putting together a permanent photographic exhibition on Gandhi, based at Kingsley Hall. It is designed as a resource for local school children in the East End of London, and is being developed in partnership with GandhiServe Foundation, Berlin, which has the most extensive photo archive on Mahatma Gandhi and India’s independence movement. Children visiting Kingsley Hall will see view the exhibition and visit Gandhi’s cell upstairs. There will also be artifacts, such as portable spinning wheels for them to try.
3. The Jeevika Trust, India
The GF trustees have decided to give a donation of £1000 to the Jeevika Trust whose 14 projects in India are mainly in Orissa. Andrew Redpath, the Executive Director, says,
“Access to safe water has become our leading priority, and of course through water issues of sanitation, nutrition and health are also addressed; the role and empowerment of women through income- generation training, self-help groups and microcredit is integral with these other issues”.
Jeevika, founded as the India Development Group in 1970, is Gandhian inspired. Unfortunately funding is tight at present and new supporters and donors are urgently needed. More information can be found at their website www.jeevika.org.uk or from Jeevika Trust, Navigator House, 60 High Street, Hampton Wick, Surrey KT1 4DB
4. Sacred New Era School, Ladakh
The Sacred New Era (SNE) School is an attempt to address the issue of living in the modern world without abandoning traditional culture. It uses a Montessori approach to encourage children from an early age to think for themselves and become aware. This school is different from general Ladakhi Schools and is growing because parents are realising its beneficial qualities. It offers a unique education and is an example of diverse communities within Ladakh working together.
There are at present about 160 children aged 3-15 years attending. The majority are from Buddhist families with a quarter Muslim and a few from Hindu and Sikh background.
The school has as its honorary Director, Shabir Banday, who is a Ladakhi working in the UK, who frequently visits the school. Denise Moll, who was formerly Secretary of the Gandhi Foundation, is the Secretary of the SNE. The GF has donated to the school and funds are raised in the UK for school equipment and sponsorship is sought.
To find out how you can help the SNE contact Denise Moll, 21 Fleetwood Court, Madeira Road, West Byfleet, Surrey KT14 6BE.
5. Hakulala – Ghana Village Education Project
The Gandhi Foundation is pleased to support the Hakulala Project which was started and is being run by a young Gandhi Foundation friend.
The project is based in Ghana and aims to bring education to village children. They believe the most effective method of offering help in developing countries, such as Ghana, is to teach it’s people how to help themselves and make any change self-sustaining.
6. Surur Hoda Memorial Fund
In 2005 former Chairman of the Foundation, Cecil Evans, established a fund in memory of its founder, Surur Hoda. After discussions between Cecil, the Executive and Surur’s widow, Elisabeth, it was decided to spend the money raised from the memorial fund in three ways:
a) Kingsley Hall Schools Project
(see above, under Education Project – Local)
b) Kingsley Hall Garden Bench
Surur built a close relationship between Kingsley Hall and the Gandhi Foundation. He was also a lover of gardens and the outdoors. Surur’s widow Elisabeth thought that it would therefore be appropriate to dedicate a bench in the Kingsley Hall garden to his memory.
c) Photograph for the GF office
A framed photo of Surur with an inscription was placed in the Gandhi Foundation office at Kingsley Hall and the bench placed in the garden at the gathering of GF Friends on 19 May 2007.