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Why did Mahatma Gandhi want to teach children handicrafts?

Answer :

Mahatma Gandhi gave more emphasis on skill development rather than an ability to read and write. He felt that a person should learn the necessary skills to earn livelihood and to be independent.


The main reasons were:


(i) This would develop a person’s mind and soul.


(ii) Western education focused on reading and writing rather than oral knowledge which do not count as education.


(iii) Education ought to develop a person’s mind and soul. Simple learning to read and write by itself did not count as education.


(iv) If people are allowed to work with hands, learn a craft and know how different things operated, this would develop their mind and their capacity to understand.


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