The Gandhi Memorial Center is proud to engage in educational endeavors with a variety of institutions and networks with a mission to share the life ideals of Mahatma Gandhi and the cultural heritage that nourished him. Through scholarships, student visits, intercultural activities, and arts and humanities education, the Gandhi Memorial Center collaborates with dedicated groups and individuals of all ages and backgrounds.
These have included:
Throughout the year the Gandhi Center provides education programs in the form of field trip visits for DC Public and Public Charter Schools (pre-K — high school) through the DC Collaborative “Arts and Humanities for Every Student” AHFES program. These interactive programs are designed to introduce students to Gandhi and the cultural heritage of India or to expand upon the subject matter after teachers have introduced these subjects in their school curriculum.
The Gandhi Memorial Center became a Community Program Partner with Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital in 2019. As a Program Partner the Gandhi Memorial Center offers educational programing for Girl Scouts of all levels.
Every spring the Gandhi Center offers a class on “India: Culture, Traditions and Gandhi” for the members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of American University. Retired professionals from a diverse array of backgrounds and interests may join this class. It is typically an 8-10 week course in which guest speakers and artists present aspects of Indian culture and philosophy in a lively and engaging format in the Gandhi Center library. In the past the weekly subjects have included the origin of Indian languages, introductions to Indian classical music and classical dance, folk art traditions, food traditions from across the regions of India and the life messages of Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore.
Over the years the Gandhi Center has joined with the International Peace and Conflict Resolution in different ways from hosting university class visits to the Center for presentations on the life of Mahatma Gandhi, to scholarships and internship opportunities.
Through the IVLP the Gandhi Center has had the opportunity to welcome international visitors to the United States under specialized programs sponsored by the US State Department. These have included “Peace through the Arts” with participants from artists, arts organization leaders and journalists from South and Central Asia; as well as “Conflict Resolution and the Role of Tribal Leaders” from Libya.
Each spring the Gandhi Center receives a group of visitors that includes high school juniors from across the United States who will participate in the YES Abroad program in India. Their visit to the Gandhi Center is part of their preparation for their year of living and studying in India. The US Department of State’s Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad program provides competitive merit-based scholarships for US citizens in secondary school to study for one academic year in select countries.
In cooperation with MOMIE’s TLC the Gandhi Center has hosted groups of youth from across DC in after school programing for engaging and fun activities that introduce them to the life message of Mahatma Gandhi. This began with their “Great Persons” series and later included their Shining Stars Montessori program.
For many years the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Foundation presented an annual scholarship to assist rural medical students of the Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Medical Sciences and the Kasturba Health Society.
The Gandhi Center hosted program for visiting students from Ahmedabad, India during their tour of the United States with Manav Sadhna. Their visit was joined by a group of youth from DC through MOMIE’s TLC and Shining Stars Montessori School. The children from Gujarat and from Washington, DC shared an afternoon of music, dancing, art and food together in a special international and interpersonal exchange.
Over the years the Gandhi Memorial Center in collaboration with the Gujarat Vidyapith designed and carried out a correspondence course on the life and message of Mahatma Gandhi.
The Gandhi Memorial Center offers programs for young students through Kalanidhi Dance called “Dancing Stories”. These engaging sessions take the students on an exciting journey to India through the South Indian Classical dance form of Kuchipudi. They introduce students to the different elements of technical and expressive dance, and show them how to tell stories using hand gestures, body movement, and facial expressions. Students get to see an Indian fable come to life through dance in this fun and interactive assembly.
The South Asian Symphony Foundation works toward building peace and mutual understanding in South Asia through the medium of music and the creation of the unifying platform of a South Asian symphony orchestra. The Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Foundation, Inc. presented the 2018 Fellowship of Peace Award to the Founder of the South Asian Symphony Foundation, Ambassador Nirupama Rao.