On the 13th and 15th of September 2023, Grade 6 students of The Khaitan School embarked on a unique and enriching journey through time as they visited the National Gandhi Museum and Library, located at Rajghat in New Delhi. This educational excursion was not just a field trip; it was a remarkable opportunity for these young minds to delve into the life, work, and contributions of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Organized as part of their Hindi project titled ‘बहुरूपी गांधी’ (Versatile Gandhi), this visit left an indelible mark on the students and enriched their understanding of India’s history and the principles of non-violence and truth.
Exploring the Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi
The National Gandhi Museum and Library is a treasure trove of history, housing a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, documents, and memorabilia related to Mahatma Gandhi. As the students walked through the museum, they were immersed in the life story of Gandhiji. The artifacts, including his personal belongings, letters, and photographs, provided an intimate glimpse into the life of the man who played an instrumental role in India’s struggle for independence.
Learning Beyond the Classroom
This educational trip was an extension of the classroom learning experience. The students had been working on their Hindi project, ‘बहुरूपी गांधी,’ and the visit to the museum served as a valuable source of information. They had the opportunity to gather critical details about Mahatma Gandhi, his various roles, and his contributions to the country. This first-hand exposure allowed them to deepen their understanding and provided a more holistic perspective on the subject.
Key Takeaways and Reflections
The visit to the National Gandhi Museum and Library was a transformative experience for the students. It allowed them to appreciate the values of truth and non-violence that Mahatma Gandhi espoused. Moreover, it served as a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made by the freedom fighters who dedicated their lives to the cause of India’s independence.
As they explored the museum, students were particularly moved by the iconic spinning wheel, which symbolized self-sufficiency and economic independence, one of Gandhiji’s core principles. They also learned about his philosophies of satyagraha (truth force) and ahimsa (non-violence), which continue to resonate in today’s world.
A Journey of Inspiration
The educational trip to the National Gandhi Museum and Library was not just an excursion; it was a journey of inspiration. The students returned to school with a newfound appreciation for history, a deeper understanding of Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy, and a sense of responsibility towards the values he stood for.
This visit exemplified the school’s commitment to holistic education, providing students with opportunities to learn beyond textbooks and classrooms. It allowed them to connect with India’s rich history, fostering a sense of pride and patriotism.