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The Gandhi Experiment: World Peace through Education

'A man is but a product of his thoughts, what he thinks he becomes.'  Mahatma Gandhi

On Monday, 4 June, fifteen Siena College students travelled to the Immigration Museum to attend The Gandhi Experiment, a conference facilitated by Margaret Hepworth. They also visited the current Gandhi exhibition. n The students from Siena included: Bridie Warren, Mikayla Rollnik, Abbey Harford, Maliana Tapusoa, Daria Del Tito, Amy Barnett, Bita Afshar, Trinity Ng, Charlotte Dickson, Gabriella Sakkos, Sarah White, Ella Graham, Pia Perini, Maddy Quin and Aurelia Tjitji.  They joined a group of Year 10 students from Preshil to learn about the three platforms in Gandhi’s life: non violence, Satyagraha (his deepest beliefs) and taking action. Following this, the students discussed global issues such as equal rights, terrorism, poverty, racism and how to apply Gandhi’s methods of making a difference in today’s world.

Nelson Mandala and Martin Luther King were both influenced by Gandhi and adhered to his three platforms. Mandala said, 'We all need to rise above our own expectations of ourselves' and Martin Luther King said, 'Intelligence plus character: that is the goal of true education'.

After lunch, the students were challenged with the question, 'What is the change that I want to see in the world?'  In the discussion that followed, Margaret invited the students to share their ‘almost impossible thoughts’ to an issue in the world that needs changing but might seem impossible right now. This activity focused on using Gandhian principles for the citizens of tomorrow.

Margaret Hepworth’s goal is to teach teenagers that non violence is a choice; that we need to rise against injustices, that ‘hope in action’ and ‘moving from apathy to action' are of supreme importance and that ‘Satyagraha’ is the very foundation we stand on. 

Heather O’Keefe and Ansalie Hanrahan
Learning Enhancement


Student Reflections

Today, at the Immigration Museum, I participated in an amazing opportunity that allowed me to open my mind to different opinions, possibilities and unique discussions. I learnt a lot about Gandhi and how we can transfer his teachings into actions in my everyday life. This experience has taught me new ways in which I can perceive life’s questions and answers. Overall, I would strongly encourage other students to participate as I found it very beneficial.  Maliana Tapusoa

The conference made me think particularly about some of Gandhi’s, Rumi’s and other philosopher’s quotes especially 'Don’t judge, be curious'. I love the simplicity of the quote, yet it has such deep meaning regarding questioning things before judging and forming opinions. I look forward to taking this quote forward into my schoolwork too, in questioning new information or opinions in the classroom in the way of getting to the root of the problem.  Gabriella Sakkos

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