October 2nd was the 71st anniversary of the death of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the Indian pacifist so well-known throughout the world who, thanks to his no-violence revolution, lead India to Independence. He established Satyagraha (insistence on truth), a concept for defining a method of civil non-violent disobedience.
Possibly one of the most important concepts he gave the world was the practice of AHIMSA, non violence and respect for life. AHIMSA is a term and practice shared by the Hindu, Jainist and Buddhist religions in India: respect for any form of life.
In our Akshy School we held a special programme to celebrate the anniversary of Gandhi´s birth (a national holiday) and to really begin to understand the idea of Ahimsa. In this way we aim to transmit to our children the importance of tolerance, non-violence and peace.
Besides the explanations of our teacher Shiv Sir on the life of Gandhi and the concept of Ahimsa, the children prepared a short sketch on respect for life. There was a dance and a song also dedicated to Gandhi´s qualities, the children prepared a short sketch and a recital of some of his most famous sayings .
Thank you Shiv Sir, Archana Miss and children for preparing this lovely programme!