October 2, is an important day for our country as it marks the birth of our Father of the Nation, also fondly known as Bapu. The day is marked as ‘Gandhi Jayanti’ as an honour and tribute to him and his beliefs. To commemorate the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, let us revisits his wise and eminent thoughts and opinion on education.

Here’s the list of top 15 quotes:

1: The real difficulty is that people have no idea of what education truly is. We assess the value of education in the same manner as we assess the value of land or of shares in the stock-exchange market. We want to provide only such education as would enable the student to earn more. We hardly give any thought to the improvement of the character of the educated. The girls, we say, do not have to earn; so why should they be educated? As long as such ideas persist there is no hope of our ever knowing the true value of education.

2: Literacy in itself is no education. Literacy is not the end of education or even the beginning. By education, I mean an all-round drawing out of the best in the child and man-body, mind and spirit.

3: Real education consists in drawing the best out of yourself. What better book can there be than the book of humanity

4: True education must correspond to the surrounding circumstances or it is not a healthy growth.

5: Education in the understanding of citizenship is a short-term affair if we are honest and earnest. Basic education links the children, whether of the cities or the villages, to all that is best and lasting in India.

6: A teacher who establishes rapport with the taught, becomes one with them, learns more from them than he teaches them. He who learns nothing from his disciples is, in my opinion, worthless. Whenever I talk with someone, I learn from him. I take from him more than I give him.

7: The aim of university education should be to turn out true servants of the people who will live and die for the country’s freedom

8: Education should be so revolutionized as to answer the wants of the poorest villager, instead of answering those of an imperial exploiter.

9: Real education has to draw out the best from the boys and girls to be educated.

10: An education which does not teach us to discriminate between good and bad, to assimilate the one and eschew the other, is a misnomer.

11: What is really needed to make democracy function is not knowledge of facts, but right education.

12: Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

13: Is not education the art of drawing out full manhood of the children under training?

14: Persistent questioning and healthy inquisitiveness are the first requisite for acquiring learning of any kind.

15: Literacy education should follow the education of the hand—the one gift that visibly distinguishes man from beast.

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