Gandhiji

The October 2nd birthday of the ‘Father of the Indian Nation’, Mahatma Gandhi, is a national holiday and celebrated with great vigor and prayers. Since schools are closed on Gandhiji’s birthday, the students at Lakshmi Devi Academy (LDA) KHEL’s school for underserved children in Dehradun, India, observe and celebrate the day before; the teachers speak to the students about Gandhiji’s life, his dedication to non-violence and what it means in practical terms to lead a nonviolent life. At KHEL, we practice the spirit of this every day; for example, in most Indian schools corporal punishment is still the norm for disciplining students. At LDA, our faculty and staff treat the kids with respect, and violence of any kind is unheard of. In