Gandhi and Education: Theoretical and Practical Approaches to Conceptualising School Education in Modern Society
With such background, this paper is an attempt to engage with education theorising and its practical implication through Gandhi’s perspective. Gandhi—a global figure in international politics—was a philosopher as well as a practitioner of peace, morals, and education. His conceptualisation of Nayi Talim(new education) is informed by not only his philosophical ideas but also his practice of educating in a formal institution of learning.
The paper is organised into three sections. The first section outlines the prevalent notion of education through suggesting the need for transnational mobility of ideas (Connell, 2014) in order to address the issues and concerns pertaining to modern education globally. The second section discusses Gandhi’s theoretical conceptualisation of education along with the possibility of practical implementation of such conceptualising. Finally, while suggesting how Gandhi’s thoughts on education may provide an alternative way of doing and thinking about education, I examine its relevance to the discourse within contemporary scholarship of sociology of education.