This lesson uses the Salt March and the lesser-known Pashtun Muslim non-violent army (Khudai Khidmatgar) as examples of resistance during the Indian Independence movement. It was felt important to include Gandhi as a well-known figure and central in the history of non-violent protest but also to show that Muslims in India were involved in non-violent resistance led by Abdul Ghaffar Khan. This might challenge the stereotypical views of Islam of some learners. The main approach to learning in this lesson is to use an in-role P4C discussion where learners enquire from the perspectives of different people involved in the struggle for independence.
“The lesson was well received by all pupils. Pupils with Asian heritage were able to identify more with the lesson but more importantly were able to feel safe and comfortable to share their religious and cultural backgrounds.”