‘Gandhi for All’- Workshop Anchal Special School, New Delhi : 01st August 2019
Everyone has the right to enjoy cultural life of the society , this right extends to all. Museums are one of the foremost platforms of safeguarding and representing culture. This project, since its inception, has been aimed at taking the cultural legacy of Mahatma Gandhi to all, including ‘special’ children with the aim of integrating them in the celebration of the 150th birth year of Gandhi Ji. ‘Special children’ form a minor yet significant percentage of the children in India, so it is important that Museum education and outreach tools are developed to cater to their cultural needs. This workshop thus had a dual purpose, firstly, to include these children in the celebration and secondly to further explore and discover new ways for museums to reach out to them.
Distinctive features of this particular workshop includes:
Assisting accessibility of information and knowledge amongst children with disabilities (as stressed by the UN Convention on Rights for Persons with Disabilities) has been an important step towards fulfilling the educational role of museums.
Pushing the limits of conventional modalities of education, the workshop used innovative and tailor-made tools to make the message and heritage of Gandhiji meaningful for them
Gandhiji himself was committed to the cause of eliminating discrimination based on differences and the possibility of coexisting with equal dignity for all despite of the differences, taking his teachings and legacies to this particular target audience was especially rewarding and enriching for the workshop series.
Given that action-oriented research is the thrust of the department, conducting this workshop informs research and subsequent development of model of methods and tools on how museums can be made accessible and meaningful to children with disabilities or special needs.
Professor (Dr.)Manvi Seth and Assistant Professor Ms. Juhi Sadiya conducted workshop along with Research Assistants of the department of Museology. A diverse cohort of 35-40 students across age groups participated in the workshop.
Components of the workshop included:
- Story-telling session
- ‘Gandhiji’s Pitara ( Discovery Trunk) Exploration
- Clay Modelling
- Drawing Session