Partition Museum – Education through the eyes of History
The Partition of India in 1947 was recognised as the largest forced migration in human history, with estimates suggesting that up to 18 million people lost their homes and a further 2 million lost their lives.
It was one of the most violent acts in the history of humankind.
The Partition Museum opened its doors in 2017 to share these stories. People visit the museum to learn about the plight of the refugees and the freedom struggle, and the launch of the education project in 2019 enables students from the poorest developed communities to visit the museum and enhance their learning. HGF are proud to support this project, and look forward to seeing more schools engage with the project, visit the museum, and allow their students to learn from history.
Here is what one Headmistress said upon visiting the museum with her students:
“As the Principal of a school for the Government Middle School in Katra Jalia, being given the opportunity to visit the Partition Museum with a group of our students was a fantastic chance to experience education in a more personal way.
The Partition Museum brilliantly showcases, in great detail the period of Partition, migration, plight of refugees, and the freedom struggle. The children have learnt a lot. Before this experience, they had only really studied using their books, and so this gave them a chance to really see what their ancestors went through to attain freedom.
Following our visit, we told all the children to write down their views and present them during assembly, and I think we were all amazed at how deeply the children felt about Partition as they faced up to the immense difficulties their ancestors once faced.
In my opinion, the patriotism within the children was disappearing, as even though they are taught about our history in school, we found this did not make that much of a difference. What really affected them was their visit to the museum where they saw and felt the difficulties for themselves; fully understanding what it was and what it meant for India.”