RITHIKA GRACE ZACHARIAH
Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of our nation was born on 2 October, 1869. Every year, his birthday is celebrated across the nation as Gandhi Jayanti. This September, we decided to give the children a brief insight into the life of Gandhi. My Gandhi Story, by Rajesh Chaitya Vangad, Nina Sabnani and Ankit Chadha gives us a visual and creative take on the life of Gandhi. The book is adapted to cater to the understanding of young children. In the book, there are three voices- the narrator, a child who questions the narrator and Gandhiji himself.
During the book club, the book reading was performed initially. A quiz was conducted to examine whether the children have gained an understanding of Gandhiji from the book. The children were given scenarios and were asked to come up in pairs and enact their response to that particular scenario in a non-violent and violent manner. The staff had modelled a few scenarios to enable the children to gain a better understanding. After the activity, the children were told that it is better to respond to situations in a non-violent manner. To wind up the book club, the children were asked draw a simple caricature of Gandhiji which was demonstrated by the teacher. Each child was given a small packet of rock salt to highlight the significance of the Dandi March.
(Rithika Grace Zachariah is a special educator at PRAYATNA)