Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three. Confucius As a teacher I always want to inspire my students to want to know and learn more. To give them that first corner and leave them with the excitement of finding the other three.And I often … More To ‘Sir’ with love
On the International Day of Peace, one cannot but ponder the fact that “Peace” means different things to different people. I have often been asked what does peace education look like from the inside? Is it just talking about good values and cooperation? Is it teaching one to be proactive about taking a stance? Is … More Peace Day
Thirty-one years ago today, an insignificant, unmarked listing appeared in the children’s page of the Pakistan Times. “Awarna Rajagopalan” of Bombay was seeking a Pakistani penfriend. In the month or two that followed, Awarna received almost a hundred letters, and not from children alone. The oldest person to write must have been her present age, … More Peace, one individual at a time!
The gentlest person I have ever known is probably my greatgrandfather, Padi Venkatrama Iyer, who was universally called ‘Anna.’ Born in Kanchipuram, Anna was left in his teens with the responsibility of fending for a large family of many children. His maternal uncle called him to Burma, where he found a job as a clerk. Anna, … More Anna’s night school
Watching four-year olds work out issues through dialogue and seeing boys in pink slippers was at first a revelation and then an inspiration for the Education for Peace Initiative. The gnawing thought was, “Where do biases and stereotypes originate?” In turn this led me to question, for example, why some people have a gender bias and I don’t. In this process of self-dialogue or soul-searching as … More From Pink Slippers to Peace