Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: In an effort to inculcate values, hardwork and discipline among students as epitomised by the country’s first Prime Minister, the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library’s Children’s Centre and Multi-Media Library is hosting a month-long summer school at its Teen Murti House premises in the Capital these days.

Describing the Memorial as an ideal place for learning about Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s discovery of India, its director Mridula Mukherjee says, “It is an ideal opportunity for children to learn about national and international leaders of peace and non-violence like Mahatma Gandhi, Frontier Gandhi Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela and Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.”

“In our month-long programme, we want children to know the real Bharat. We first screen one episode of the tele-series Bharat Ek Khoj made by Shyam Benegal that has been adapted from Pandit Nehru’s Discovery of India, then a historian discusses with them the theme of the episode. Then the children participate in various activities revolving round the episode like theatre, music and painting,” she explains. The 200 participants have been divided into seven groups. Children from four to eight years are learning folklore. Nine to 12 year olds are learning about leaders of peace, while those between 13 and 18 years are participating in the Bharat Ek Khoj workshop.