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Jagdish Gandhi. City Montessori School of peace and harmony

Jagdish Gandhi



GHA Honorary Member
Founder chairman of City Montessori School (CMS) since 1959



City Montessori School (CMS) is a private school that offers education up to the level of under-graduation, in Lucknow, India. Its enrollment had reached 32,000 pupils, a world record. The school has been ranked 6th in the "most respected secondary schools" in India in 2007.


CMS strives to inculcate in students the philosophy of 'Jai Jagat' (Glory be to the World!). This thought empowers them with a global perspective and the concept of world citizenship. They have successfully inculcated the given qualities in the students. City Montessori School, popularly known as CMS, with its many branches is the world's largest private school in a single city, recognized by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination for ICSE and ISC.
It organizises many competiton like Quanta and Geofest, with much of playing its show-off game


Jagdish Gandhi, born Jagdish Agarwal is a Lucknow-based educationist and thinker who is the founder chairman of City Montessori School.The school has 20 branches in Lucknow with over 30,000 enrolled students, which has earned it a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records.The Peace and other initiatives of Jagdish Gandhi are indeed praiseworthy. His annual confrence of Chief Justices of the World at Lucknow is a unique attempt to create a common enforcable international law for the global village. He takes inspiration from the Article 51 of the Indian Constitution. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jagdish_Gandhi

A visionary and a far-sighted person, Jagdish Gandhi has been building bridges of peace across the globe for nearly sixty years. For his long-standing contributions to education in peace, the United Nations awarded the prestigious UNESCO Prize for Peace Education in the year 2002 to his unique creation - the City Montessori School, popularly known as CMS, which Gandhi founded in 1959 and has been serving as its Founder-Manager. Among the previous recipients of this prize are Nobel Peace Prize laureates – Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Rigoberto Menchu Tum of Guatemala as well as groups such as the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

The first step that he took at a very young age of 23 years was to establish a school (CMS) in 1959 to provide 'Jai-Jagat' based quality education to children, with o­nly 5 students. Education provided was highly appreciated by parents and public as is evident from the fact that CMS figures in the Guinness Book of World Records as the 'world's largest school' with present enrolment of over 32,000 students. CMS was awarded 'UNESCO Prize for Peace Education' in 2002 in recognition of its efforts to promote the universal values of education for peace and tolerance. Having failed to move the politicians of the world, the second step he took was to approach the World Judiciary as he believes that World Judiciary is the o­nly and the last hope for survival of humanity and therefore he is organizing every year for the past seven years, the World Judiciary Summits and the International Conferences of Chief Justices of the World of which the 8th Annual Conference, the World Judiciary Summit will be held in December 2007.

The vision:

Jagdish Gandhi believes in the innate goodness of every living being. He is an educationist like no other. His approach to problems which seem insurmountable is simple but effective. His every action is guided by a very strong sense of divinity and spirituality and hence his every effort is arrived at improving the self and realizing the presence of the Almighty.

Jagdish Gandhi, through his noble deeds and conduct, has always demonstrated the trust he has placed in people, displaying that human generosity that opens up the mind and heart and so often leads to the accomplishments of major achievements at the very frontiers of what is possible. He is convinced that constructing the defenses of peace in the minds of men starts from the premise that it is education that lays the foundations of mutual trust which underlie tolerance and fruitful cooperation in building a just and law-abiding world community, supportive of fundamental freedoms and human rights. The work of Jagdish Gandhi is a reflection of this approach and of the desire to promote the universal values of tolerance and education for peace through a more fruitful, non-sectarian vision, at a time when every form of intolerance and the hideous faces of injustice and war are to be seen all over the world. His efforts have always been directed to promoting peace in the minds of men in order that humanity may move o­n from a culture of violence to a culture of sharing, tolerance and justice.

At a time when, in India, as in the rest of the world, religious, sectarian and nationalistic hatreds are threatening to tear apart whole communities and are destabilizing many regions, Jagdish Gandhi is to be looked up to for promoting the ideals of peace, religious harmony, tolerance and co-existence among children of the next generation of decision-makers and through them, among their parents, communities and nations.

The following words, pronounced by Confucius over 2600 years ago, remain rich with meaning for our lives:

If you are thinking a year ahead — Plant seeds

If you are thinking 10 years ahead — Plant a tree

If you are thinking 100 years ahead—Educate the people




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