The real difficulty is that people have no idea of what education truly is. We assess the value of education in the same manner as we assess the value of land or of shares in the stock-exchange market. We want to provide only such education as would enable the student to earn more. We hardly give any thought to the improvement of the character of the educated. The girls, we say, do not have to earn; so why should they be educated? As long as such ideas persist there is no hope of our ever knowing the true value of education.
The person who is globally recognized for his words of power, M.K Gandhi gave these magical words to the world.
Education is backbone of society and is largely responsible for is upliftment. Gandhi was a critic of traditional education and viewed that:
“By education, I mean an all-round drawing of the best in child and man in body, mind and spirit.”
I have collected his views regarding education and ,there utility, which I would like to share with you people.
I will frame them under several boundaries, to make them more clear and emphasizing,
Free primary education:
Gandhiji advocated for free and compulsory education for all-boys and girls between 7 and 14 years. Education should be imparted in primary level in the student’s mother tongue. A free primary universal education is to be imparted to all the children in the village. This will make the backbone of a country strong.
Place of vocational education:
A love for manual work will be injected in the mind of children. This is not a compulsion but the child will learn it by doing. Being free from mere bookish knowledge, a student should resort to manual work. He, thus, put emphasis on vocational and functional education.
“Earning while learning” was the motto of this education. This wills increase the creativity in a student. As Gandhi wanted to make Indian village’s self-sufficient units, he emphasised that vocational education should increase the efficiency within the students who will make the village as self-sufficient units.
By education, Gandhi meant the improvement of morality within a student. Without being bookish, a student should adopt certain moral ethical codes like truth, nonviolence, charity and so on which will illumine his character. Thus a character building through education was a prime concern for Gandhi.
Non-participation in politics:
Gandhiji wanted to keep the students away from politics. If students will participate in politics, they will be pawn at the hands of the politicians who will utilize them for fulfilling their desire. This will hamper the development of a student and his education will suffer a setback. So, he advised the students to keep themselves completely away from politics.
Gandhi was a protagonist of women education. He advocated that three should be no distinction in equality of status between men and women in society. He vehemently opposed Purdah system and widowhood. He wanted to free women from social serfdom. So, the number of girl students considerably rose in various educational institutions inside the country. Thus, Gandhi emphasised the need of women education to improve the lot of society.
Education is a stream. And these were not just words, these were a collection of golden values, which can prove out to be a great blessing to mankind.
Nishtha Shrivastava @ Misao India