American Sikh Council (ASC) went out to engage directly the various stakeholders of the national schools.
On 30-31 March 2019, the US-based organisation had set up an Sikh exhibit at the National School Board Association (NSBA) Convention in Philadelphia.
The idea was to engage the more than 6,000 superintendents, school board administrators, principals, specialists, educators, professors and attorneys attending the conference.
Thery were part of the 225 exhibitors and hundreds of educational sessions covering, topics from bullying, racism, bias; use of technology, enhancing education, empathy training to suicide prevention.
ASC representatives interacted with the convention attendees by having conversations and answering many interesting questions posed by the superintendents, school board officials and other educators, the organisation said in a statement.
It added that hundreds of brochures covering the Sikhs and Scouts, History of Sikh Americans, Sikh Genocide and Bullying of Sikh American Children were displayed and distributed.
The recently published book supported by the American Sikh Council ‘Bullying of Sikh American Children – Through the Eyes of a Sikh American High School Student’, www.bullyingasikhamericanchildren.org was displayed; as this is another very important resources tool which can be used by school superintendent to help the rampant bullying and victimization of many minorities groups like the Sikh American children.
This book was even attested by President Barack Obama on April 29, 2016. The book is already implemented in over three dozen school districts across the East Coast and some high schools are using the book for their AP English, AP Psychology and AP History classes.
Kim B from Maine was so enthused by the ASC exhibit and the information she received, that she requested videos, power point presentation and other material, as she felt there is a dire need to educate those children who grow up with less diversity around them.
ASC said it has thousands of requests by schools to come and give presentations in schools to educate and dispel ignorance about the Sikh heritage.
ASC also tied over 175 turbans on all those attendees who wished to understand what it means to wear a dastaar. Many came back with a renewed understanding and more empathy and shared their comments of they felt while being ‘turbaned’ in and around the convention area.
ASC representatives who took part were Sutinder Singh, Ashvinder Kaur, Mohanbir Singh, Baljeet Singh, Karanveer Singh, Sherveer Singh and Kavneet Singh.
See ASC’s full statement and more photos here.
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