The Gandhi Way project

The Gandhi Way: Engaging Youth in Global Citizenship, was an educational project in partnership between the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), World Literacy Canada (WLC) and the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). This project worked with elementary school students and teachers to encourage global citizenship using Mahatma Gandhi’s life and work as an introduction to social justice issues. The project delivered resources focused on human rights and peace-building, which enabled teachers to write and deliver globally oriented content that compliments the regular curriculum.

What is the focus?

One of the main outcomes of the project was the production of a children’s storybook called Gandhi’s Glasses. Fifteen elementary schools (about 300 students and 15 teachers) from priority neighbourhoods in Toronto wrote and illustrated Gandhi’s Glasses. This storybook is about social justice issues that children experience in their every day life such as violence, poverty, and gender discrimination. Teachers and students worked with a professional artist to paint the scenes in the book and students reflected on their own experiences to create the narrative. The Gandhi Way project aimed to enhance the existing curriculum and build on the work of the TDSB’s Model School for Inner Cities program by creating tools and activities that will help educators to infuse social justice and equity issues into the Ontario elementary curriculum.  Download

Why did teachers take part?

WLC encouraged teachers to take part in The Gandhi Way for a number of reasons:

  • Benefits youth! To teach youth to respect one another and how to deal with conflict in a non-violent way. Additionally, this project offered new role models to students to look up to.
  • For a global cause! A global awareness of human rights and injustices that happen around the world was initiated. An understanding of global interdependence and Canada’s responsibilities as a member of the “global village” was instilled.
  • A fun activity! New and interesting messages were taught by encouraging students of all learning styles and abilities to be reflective, creative and think critically.

For more information about The Gandhi Way project, please contact us,

Have you read the book, or taught it’s message of social justice to your students? World Literacy Canada would love your feedback. If you have two minutes to spare, please fill out this short survey.

World Literacy Canada thanks the Canadian International Development Agency and the Toronto District School Board’s Model Schools for Inner Cities for their continued support and dedication.


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