The entire world is gearing-up to pay its obeisance to Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, fondly revered as the 'Mahatma' or 'Bapu ji' world over, and in India particularly, on the eve of Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary falling on October 2, 2019. Today, there is a greater need to invoke and practice the Gandhian values, principles and philosophy than ever before.
Mahatma Gandhi held a very principled position on all aspects of life - political, religious, social, economic, cultural, health, etc, which are well documented in several of his works, and education was no exception. He had developed a very clinical understanding and insights about education, which aimed, not just at the holistic development of individuals, students, teachers but of people and society at large and is replicated in our education policies and scheme of things concerning the learning processes. Let's take a look at some of the exclusive Mahatma Gandhi quotes on education, which also serve as his insights on the subject.
Mahatma Gandhi on Imparting Education
Mahatma Gandhi was of the view that from seven to fourteen years of age, education of each child should be free, compulsory and universal.
Mahatma Gandhi on Medium of Education
Bapu was of the opinion that the medium of instruction should be mother-tongue.
Mahatma Gandhi on Literacy
Mahatma Gandhi opined that mere literacy cannot be equated with education. Education should employ some craft as a medium of education so that the child gains economic self-reliance for his life.
Mahatma Gandhi on Educational Value
Gandhi held that Education should develop human values in the child.
Mahatma Gandhi on Objective of Education
Bapu strongly vouched that Education should create useful, responsible and dynamic citizens. By education all the hidden powers of child should develop according to the community of which he is an integral part.
Mahatma Gandhi on Child Education
Gandhi stressed that Education should achieve the harmonious development of child's body, mind, heart and soul.
Mahatma Gandhi on Educational Pedagogy
Bapu suggested that all education should be imparted through some productive craft or industry and a useful correlation should be established with that industry. The industry should be such that the child is able to achieve gainful work experience through practical work.
Mahatma Gandhi on Nature of Education
Education should be made self-supporting through some productive work. Education should lead to economic independence and self-reliance for livelihood.