. Why did Mahatma Gandhi want to teach children handicrafts


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Answer: According to Mahatma Gandhi, education should be all-round, drawing out of the best in child and man, encompassing body, mind and spirit. His beliefs were that literacy is not the end of education and not even the beginning. He thought that literacy is only one of the means, whereby man and woman can be educated. Therefore, he thought that the child’s education should begin by teaching him/her useful handicrafts and enabling them to create something from the moment they begin training. “I hold that the highest development of the mind and the soul is possible under such a system of education. Only every handicraft has to be taught not merely mechanically as is done today but scientifically, i.e. the child should know the why and the wherefore of every process,” quotes Gandhi.

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