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The second Chinese Proverb which underpins our project is “Learning without reflection is a waste. Reflection without learning is dangerous”. Again we look to the father of Chinese wisdom Confucius as we add the element of reflection to all we learn. This will help us see the story of Partition in an international context and as a point of connection with other ethnic communities.

As Confucius rightly explains the connection of learning and reflection or knowledge and reflection. Reflection is what we have learned by thinking and the results we get by applying our knowledge. Confucius explained it correctly when he also said, learning is only useful if we connect the learning within our minds, with what we already know and what is helpful for us. 

This reflection of knowledge also saves us from blindly following any knowledge without checking its truthfulness and validity first.

Everyone experiences learning in different ways, and also how we apply our knowledge. We cannot reflect if we are not aware of the particular subject in its proper context. 

When we consider the past and the mistakes made we frequently says “if we had the knowledge we have now we would not have made so many mistakes.” This reflection can help us today by looking to the past, learning from it and making sure we do not repeat the mistakes tomorrow. 

We will put the past in a wider context and look at other international examples of Partition. The project will also explore the complexity of the issues and break through the stereotypes and accepted narratives to listen to minority voices. It will ask many and hopefully answer some difficult questions as we all learn from the past.

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