Bakersfield College is excited to announce BC’s second campus Peace Garden, the Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi Peace and Learning Garden, dedicated to his teaching and philosophies.
The Gandhi Peace and Learning Garden highlights Bakersfield College’s value of community by providing a designated space for growth through learning and peaceful engagement. This peace garden provides a serene setting of paths and vegetation with naturalistic seating for students to learn, collaborate on projects, engage with one another, and hone their academic and professional skills.
The Gandhi Peace and Learning Garden provides a peaceful respite in the center of a busy and bustling campus. This space is for students to learn and for all to rest, reflect, and re-energize themselves. Benches along the peace garden’s path border an open space situated next to a raised olive tree, a symbol of peace, providing a warm and inviting place for community engagement or celebrating Gandhi’s birthday or other events.
Bakersfield College’s second Peace Garden is a welcoming place for individuals and meaningful community engagement; it is a place for student engagement and learning; a place for collaboration and growth through respectful engagement; a place for our BC community to expand horizons. The Gandhi Peace and Learning Garden was made possible by support from the Ravi and Naina Patel Foundation.
The Gandhi Peace and Learning Garden connects our campus to the rest of the world; and promotes global citizenship and cultural diversity by including six Peace Poles in the Gandhi Peace and Learning Garden reading ‘May Peace Prevail on Earth’ in different languages. Like our first Peace Pole in the Learning Peace Garden, these peace poles will link the Bakersfield College campus to the International Peace Pole Project. These peace poles will be designed and manufactured by BC faculty and students and were made possible by support from local Bakersfield Rotary Clubs.