Celebrate the life and message of mahatma gandhi on october 2 how well do your students know gandhi?

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Have them answer these multiple choice questions, individually or in groups, to help them build their knowledge of Mahatma Gandhi.

1. Gandhi is:

a) An international symbol of peace, who fought for Indian self-government, economic independence, solutions to widespread poverty, eradication of the caste system, and other human rights issues

b) The inventor of the telephone

c) The current President of the United States

2. Gandhi was born:

a) In the U.S., on July 4, 1776

b) In India, on October 2, 1869

c) In South Africa, on October 2, 1947

3. Gandhi’s real name was:

a) Mahatma Gandhi

b) Jawaharlal Nehru

c) Mohandas Karmachand Gandhi

4. Gandhi fought for civil liberties using his influential philosophy of:

a) Revolutionary wars

b) Non-violent resistance

c) Name-calling

5. Gandhi’s teachings have inspired non-violent movements elsewhere, notably:

a) In the U.S. civil rights movement, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

b) In the South African anti-apartheid movement, led by Nelson Mandela

c) Both a) and b)

6. Gandhi died:

a) Of old age

b) Of starvation while he was undertaking a fast to bring about peace in India

c) When he was assassinated by a fanatic on January 30, 1948, not long after India gained independence in 1947.


“As countries around the world move into an era of global integration, citizenship can no longer be defined by national borders. For this reason, it is more and more important that we learn to see ourselves —and that we educate our children to see themselves—as responsible global citizens.”

- The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

At World Literacy of Canada, we are passionate about following Gandhi’s example and applying his message in all aspects of the work that we do. You, too, can follow Gandhi’s message and become a global citizen!


Worked to secure India’s place in the world as an independent country.

Think about ourselves in the broader context of the world at large

Used actions like fasting and marching to effect change in the world.

Think about how our actions in Canada affect people around the world

Stood up against all kinds of injustices and inspired others to do the same.

Examine issues and injustices that we face in our own lives and what we can do to change them

Devoted his life to protecting people’s basic human rights.

Understand what human rights are and what we can do to prevent them from being violated.

Served as the inspiration for countless non-profit and charitable organizations.

Get involved with organizations whose work we feel strongly about

Said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Set an example by “being the change.”

Gathered—and continues to gather—millions of followers and supporters around the world.

Recognize strength in numbers, and team up with others who share your beliefs and values in order to effect change in the world.


IDEA #1: COMMUNITY ROLE MODELS: Find a global citizenship-oriented individual in your community and ask him or her to be a guest speaker at your school. It could be an artist, musician, or journalist—anyone who is working to bring about change and can talk to your students about world issues and global citizenship.

IDEA #2: THE PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD: Teach your students about the power of writing by starting a letter-writing campaign. Introduce the idea of letter-writing as a form of non-violent protest, and brainstorm a list of issues which students think need to be addressed by the country’s leaders. Ask students to pick an issue that is important to them and write a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper outlining their concerns and providing positive suggestions for change.

IDEA #3: NON-VIOLENCE MEANS NO BULLYING: Draw the connection between non-violence and anti-bullying by introducing an anti-bullying campaign in your classroom. Individually or in groups, students can create posters and slogans to support an anti-bullying ad campaign. Be sure to emphasize anti-bullying as a practical application of Gandhi’s message of non-violence.

IDEA #4: MARCH FOR PEACE: Let your students experience the transformative power of marching for a cause. First, have each student create a placard with a picture expressing what non-violence means to them on one side, and a slogan on the other. The slogan can either be one of Gandhi’s (e.g. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world,” “Poverty is the worst form of violence,” “An eye

for an eye makes the world go blind,” etc.), or students can make up their own slogans using Gandhi’s as examples. Plan out a route of key places in your community, and take your students on a peace march during which they exhibit their placards.

IDEA #5: MAKE UP YOUR OWN IDEA! Any program that gets your students thinking about Gandhi’s message, global citizenship, or social justice would make a great way to celebrate Gandhi’s birthday and honour his life and message.


Tell us about the Gandhi Day program that you ran at your school! Whether you ran a program based on one of our suggestion, or came up with an idea of your own, we want to hear about how you celebrated Gandhi’s life and message and helped to foster global citizenship among your students. Thank you!

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