The exhibitions, experiences, and resources of the Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston are designed to be relevant, timely, and globally focused. Informed by quantitative data and qualitative feedback, the programming will engage students and teachers to support the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), the state standards for public schools from kindergarten through 12th grade, with an emphasis on social studies curriculum. The program development will also help shape globally competent and civic-minded citizens.
Through a survey tool, more than 138 teachers helped to define the most compelling learning along with best practices for school field trips. Their feedback identified the preferred curriculum, recognized barriers to taking educational field trips, aligned Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston’s proposed activities to TEKS, and validated the need for peaceful conflict resolution courseware. Of the teachers surveyed, 77% said they are interested in bringing students to a museum that provides educational programming and exhibits on Gandhi’s life and teachings.
Further, creating a place for people of diverse cultures, ethnicities, religions, and races to gather and learn how to have an open, honest, and respectful exchange of ideas appeals to the teachers themselves, as well as a student population that extends to beyond post-secondary education and career-starter age groups.