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Gandhiji's precept of Nai Talim: Special on Gandhi Jayanti
Mahatma Gandhi's had a vision of education and he held that education was meant 'an all-round drawing of the best in child and man in body, mind and spirit'. In other words he had subscribe for education as process of an all-round development of a child as a whole not for mere literacy and cognitive development. "Literacy in itself is no education. Literacy is not the end of education or even the beginning," he held.

"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," he had said once.

 He had also lamented the gender inequity in education by saying, "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."

Keeping in view role of education in the human development and national development he was of the view that education needed to be revolutionized so as 'to answer the wants of the poorest villager, instead of answering those of an imperial exploiter' and a right kind of education was needed for 'to make democracy function'.

He had also experimented to transform his vision of true education in the form of 'Nai Talim' based on a synthesis of 'knowledge and work' based on learning-by-doing principles emphasising dignity of labour through the curricular centrality of a local craft. Many schools in Gujarat are still being run on the precepts of Nai Talim and seem to be doing well .

"A teacher who establishes rapport with the taught, becomes one with them, learns more from them than he teaches them. He who learns nothing from his disciples is, in my opinion, worthless. Whenever I talk with someone I learn from him. I take from him more than I give him. In this way, a true teacher regards himself as a student of his students. If you will teach your pupils with this attitude, you will benefit much from them," he had said while emphasising the centrality of handcrafts such as weaving , metal work , pottery , spinning, etc., since they 'symbolized the values of self-sufficiency or Swaraj and independence or Swadeshi'.

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