We are organsing Pad Yatra ( 1st - 5th Oct 2011) , like salt march in west champaran continuing with rural camp for MSW students for 10 days. We are hoping 250 participants from different college of social work .
Also organizing conference in Jan 2012 ( 27th - 30th Jan ) , topic is " Reinventing Social Work Education - Gandhian Perspective of Sustainable Societies " , it will be held and host by Gujarat Vidhyapith , Ahmadabad , Gujarat. University established by Mahatma Gandhi in 1920.
We are looking for collaboration and guide from you. Please let me know for any details.
I need your guidance and support to make alive Gandhi Ashram , in champaran. which first ever place in india gandhiji started movement.
I would like to have an open discussion /forum with you over some of your comments in your profile; more specifically how we can or are - displaying the ideals of Gandhi and other human rights advocates. Maybe we can help ourselves and others in fulfilling the obligations that come with our human rights responsibilities to our world. If this interests you, than please let me know
Dear Aunty Kamala,
Went thro' DREAM RAINBOW. I found your effort at setting up " Gandhi College of Social Work " in West Champran , from where Gandhiji started his movement in India very appealing. The following scholars and institution builders can be helpful to you:
"Bom-Prof. Dr. Usha Thakkar Manibhuvan" ,
"Bom-Prof. Vandana Chakravarty SNDT" ,
"Bom-Dr. Ramdas Bhatkal" ,
"Tamilnadu-Prof. Oswalt Anthony Raj Social Work" ,
"Pune-Manisha Gupte" ,
"Pune-Dr. Ramesh Awasthi" ,
"Delhi-Abha Bhaiya" ,
"Delhi-Abha Jagori" ,
Vadodara- "faculty of social work MSU" ,
Pune- "Karve Institute of Social Sciences" ,
with warm regards
Some one in the crowd of a hundred,
there is a battered girl
Someone in the crowd of a hundred
is a widely relishing boy
Even if you don't believe this theory
You are supposed to know,
Every second of an hour
A girl is battered sore.
Some girls in crowd of hundred
Are killed as soon as they are born
No one cares for their future
For their lives are only torn.
You might not believe me surely
You might as well be informed
A boy is given more importance
Than a girl when they are born.
One girl in crowd of a hundred
Is respected when she is at birth
You don't need to believe what I say
But you must surely be shown
How for a ninety nine girls
The future of one boy is glown
One girl in the crowd of a hundred
Is not a victim of this injustice
But all in the crowd of a hundred
The honour of girls in all ways dismiss.
Thank you to add us in your list, I am in process to setup " Gandhi College of Social Work " in West Champran , from where Gandhiji started his movement in India.
Idea behind this college is to set a model where entire block ( 18 panchyats ) can be developed on four indicator of development Education , Health , Livelihood and Sustainable Environment , This college intend to bring a new model of education in the field of social work.
We are looking for experts , advisors , partners , activist and faculties for make this dream project success.
Please help me out and guide me with your network , detail project can be find out at DREAM RAINBOW
Yes, that is our turtle Jake. He is gorgeous! I enjoy the teachings of Gandhi and King. I believe they both epitomized how to be humane to others. They were deeply committed to bringing people together. You know, folks developing and deepening their understanding of others.
Hi Thank you for the add, I am a trainer in Nonviolence, I am managing small organization called love Thy Neighbor, the main program is Nonviolence Youth of Palestine.at this program e teach nonviolence principles and steps, making deep look in Ghandi and King's nonviolence experiences, and other nonviolence efforts through the world...and yes many challanges we have first occupation second teaching youth nonviolence as resistance and way of living..
again thank you for the add
Hi Kamala Aunty, I thought we were already friends on this websiite..anyway, I am back i in the US now. I did not want to reapply to the UK in December, so I just came back here! How is everything going there?
Gandhiji goes with simplicity and cleanliness; he firmly understood the importance of villages as base of Indian life; look at Rabindranath Tagore's Shantiniketan; very beautiful concept and realty; may be we are not aware of its present status; what I mean to say is if we search we can find Gandhiji and Tagore; the combination of Truth and Beauty every where; I always feel that short films on Gandhiji be made by our youth artists with the help of NGOs and be shown at village level; there are innumerable aspects of Gandhiji's life which are lessons in themselves. Youth are our hopes
Aunty K: I will be happy to leave comments on GandhiTopia re: the chapter on Fasting. Also, I have received the transcript of the radio program and my husband will scan it into to the computer so that I can send it to you at your email. Once again, thank you for everything, and I hope to be able to visit you in the (near) future.! Much love and blessings to all at Momma Amma's!
Hello Aunty K: I got the message that you left a comment, but found no comment to read!? Hope you and all at Amma's Ashram are well. Since my health is still questionable, I may have to reconsider the fast at the present time. As it looks like the debate on health care reform will, as usual, take some more time than previously hoped, I will hopefully have the time to recover before a fast is reconsidered. I hope this finds you well....Namaste..
Hi Auntie K:
I am out of hospital but still feeling very poorly. The Dr's are "mystified", as usual. I basically have to keep myself asleep with painkillers to mititgate the pain at all. This may affect the possibility of the fast, but I will weigh things very carefully as the battle unfolds. I thank all of you for your prayers. Unfortunately, I have no photos of myself to send. Please have Amma bless these animals here instead. If something happens to me, they will need more blessings than I. Namaste.
From my own experience and observation, Mr. Gatto has it right;
the problems of labeling and exclusion that occur within both the academic system in the form of standardized testing and in the social arena that values athletic ability and physical appearance over intellectual development, is difficult to escape and has long-term effects on self-image, that in my opinion are as damaging as outright racism.
I listened with interest to a story on National Public Radio about a Primary School teacher who addressed the issue of differences and exclusion by instituting a new rule in her class of 8 & 9 year-old children: "You cannot say, 'You cannot play!' " and over the course of a single year noticed the shift in attitude in those children from a mean-spirited clique-oriented social pyramid into an accepting and caring group who were openly relieved to have that restrictive, exclusive environment forbidden.
The student in the current system, especially at the primary and secondary levels is left seeking one thing above all: acceptance. Not knowledge. It's more important to be able to parrot the 'right' answer, to 'fit in' , than to risk embarrassment, stigmatization and exclusion by appearing 'different' either in thought or even worse, appearance. God forbid you should develop at a different rate than those around you.
The result is a society based on exclusion rather than inclusion, populated by people who are largely unable to think critically or independently, who are easily lead, unnecessarily cruel and concerned largely with the immediate and superficial; a disposable society, in pain and seeking escape through medication and consumerism.
Mr. Gatto's observation that students are actively discouraged from exploring intellectually, from 'taking' an education and pursuing independent study by the restrictive cirriculum imposed by the state and the mandates of 'the numbers' that out-come based education demands, rings true in my own experience.
Far from providing me or others a palette with which to work on the portrait of who we might become, or ideas of what our possible contribution to society might be, the focus was narrowed to selecting a track(college prep or industrial arts) staying within the defined track and to the almighty test scores; not real-world skills. This attempt to homogenize, label and pigeon hole the population denies our uniqueness, discourages our inquisitive nature and perpetuates the idea that 'different' is unacceptable, inferior, or outright evil, and that one must 'have' in order to 'be'. One has only to look at the current 'back to school' ads to recognize this. The 'right' shirt, pants, shoes, cell-phone...are you rock, jock, hip-hop or skater...what's your label, what's your group...
I look forward to reading Mr. Vinoba Bhave's book.
Thank you for the recommendation!
Thank you for including me in your circle of friends, Aunty ; I am honored.
I would be interested in your views of John Taylor Gatto's critique of compulsory education in industrialized countries( The Underground History of American Education; Weapons of Mass Instruction; Dumbing Us Down), and it's contribution to the creation of the Western consumer society and role in our current environmental crisis.