In order to assist educators, The Gandhi Foundation has produced a range of resources that can be used across a range of settings. Click on the links below to see the material that is currently available. Should anything else be required you can use the form on the Contact Us page or email email@example.com
Banner image courtesy of Royal Docks Trust When Gandhi Met Chaplin by Jim Kenworth.
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.
Gandhi Travelling Exhibition
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Gandhi’s Collected Works
The Gandhi Heritage Portal has made the Collected Works of Gandhi available online. Use the button below to visit the site to access the resources held there. The site also includes a gallery and other information about the life, works, and thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi.
A Legacy for the Future
A FREE educational resource pack on Gandhi, designed for school teachers (UK KS3&4), is available in the form of an Adobe PDF file.
Written by Susan Denton-Brown, previous 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 that 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.
When Chaplin Met Gandhi
An education resource pack developed by the Royal Docks Trust and written by Jim Kenworth
When Chaplin Met Gandhi tells the story of Gandhi’s remarkable 1931 visit to London, where he spent twelve weeks in the East End. Whilst staying at Kingsley Hall in Bow, Gandhi met with local children, teaching the youngsters from the rough-and-tumble streets of East London his philosophy of non-violent resistance. Charlie Chaplin, beloved across the world and in London at that time for the premiere of his new film City Lights, requested to see Gandhi, believing that they had a special connection in their affinity for the poor and the disempowered. Although Chaplin was at first dismissed by Gandhi’s entourage as ‘just a buffoon‘, Gandhi agreed to see the man who had created the Little Tramp – and the ensuing encounter brought together two of the greatest figures of the twentieth century.
The When Chaplin Met Gandhi resource can help to engage pupils across a number of subject areas:
Citizenship: Students practise their discussion and debating skills via a series of competitive debate games, e.g., Gandhi’s spirituality versus consumerism and mass production.
English: Students develop their skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing through scene analysis/exploration, rehearsals and performance.
History: Students learn about two of the most significant figures of the Twentieth Century, and find out what life was like in the poorest parts of London in the 1930s. Students also discover the origins of Indian independence and the concept of non-violent civil disobedience.
PSHE: Students are encouraged to articulate and express their emotions and thoughts more freely and think closely about how they would manage new or difficult situations in their lives at home, in school, or among peers, e.g., confrontation, anger, peer pressure.
Gandhi: The Man, His People & The Empire
Taken from Alibris
This monumental and authoritative biography of one of the most intriguing and complexfigures of the 20th century, written by his grandson, gives a complete and balanced accountof Gandhi’s remarkable life, the development of his beliefs, his political campaigns,and his complex relationships with his family. Gandhi’s life was one of contrasts andcontradictions: the westernised Middle Temple lawyer who wore the clothes of India’s poorest and spun cotton by hand; the apostle of non-violence who led an Indian ambulance corps in the Boer War and urged Indians to enlist in the First World War; the champion of Indian independence who never hated the British.Written with unprecedented insight and access to family archives, this definitive biography of Gandhi sheds new light on the life of a man who was far more complicated and conflicted than his received public image suggests. For the first time, this book gives us the true Gandhi, the man as well as the legend.
Gandhi's autobiography: "My Experiments With Truth"
Taken from Alibris
Mohandas K. Gandhi is one of the most inspiring figures of our time. In his classic autobiography he recounts the story of his life and how he developed his concept of active nonviolent resistance, which propelled the Indian struggle for independence and countless other nonviolent struggles of the twentieth century. In a new foreword, noted peace expert and teacher Sissela Bok urges us to adopt Gandhi’s attitude of experimenting, of tesing what will and will not bear close scrutiny, what can and cannot be adapted to new circumstances, in order to bring about change in our own lives and communities. All royalties earned on this book are paid to the Navajivan Trust, founded by Gandhi, for use in carrying on his work.
"Gandhi": Attenborough's Oscar-winning movie
Sir Ben Kingsley stars as Mohandas Gandhi in Lord Richard Attenborough’s riveting biography of the man who rose from simple lawyer to worldwide symbol of peace and understanding. A critical masterpiece, GANDHI is an intriguing story about activism, politics, religious tolerance and freedom. But at the center of it all is an extraordinary man who fought for a nonviolent, peaceful existence, and set an entire nation free. Winner of 8 Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Best Director (Richard Attenborough) and Best Actor (Sir Ben Kingsley), GANDHI’s highly acclaimed cast also includes Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, Sir John Gielgud, Roshan Seth and Martin Sheen.
The Gandhi Way
The Gandhi Foundation publishes a quarterly newsletter, The Gandhi Way, containing essays, articles, reports, letters, book reviews, Friends news, etc. Many of the articles are now being made available via this website. Edited by George Paxton for over 20 years, The Gandhi Way celebrated its 100th issue in 2009. Appropriate articles are always welcome, so if you would like to submit something for publication in The Gandhi Way, contact us.