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The Sikh Coalition Avaaz
January 9, 2012

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

February 13th - 17th 2012 is "Respect For All Week" in New York City public schools.  During this week, schools are being encouraged to hold diversity appreciation programs to combat bullying based on race, religion, gender and more.

The Sikh Coalition is partnering with the Department of Education (DOE) to make Respect For All Week a success.  But we need your help.  We are offering schools free Sikh Awareness Presentations where Sikh Coalition-trained volunteers will deliver presentations and trainings for students and teachers about Sikhism.  Raising awareness about Sikhi is necessary to reduce the bullying and harassment that youth in our community face.  We are also working with the DOE to make Sikh resources for educators available to all teachers in New York City so they can teach accurate information about Sikhi in their classes during Respect For All Week and beyond.

What we're asking parents of Sikh students in NYC public schools to do:

  • Contact the Sikh Coalition's Education Director, Manbeena Kaur (manbeena@sikhcoalition.org or 212-655-3095 x88), to inform her that you would like a presentation at your child's school for Respect For All week.
  • Tell your child's teacher, school Respect For All Coordinator, or principal that you want the school to do something for Respect For All Week  because it will help address bullying of Sikh students like your son/daughter.  Ask them if anything is already being planned.
  • If they are willing to host a Sikh Awareness presentation for your child's class, grade, or school, tell them the Sikh Coalition is offering these presentations free of charge.  You can have them contact the Sikh Coalition's Education Director, Manbeena Kaur, to set up a presentation.  In addition, the Coalition also has lesson plans that schools can use to teach students about Sikhism found here -  http://www.khalsakids.org/teachers.php.

Let's make a difference in our schools and raise awareness about Sikhi!  For any general questions about Respect For All Week, you can contact the Sikh Coalition's Community Organizer, Tejpreet Kaur, at tejpreet@sikhcoalition.org or 212-655-3095 x86.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!

Manbeena Kaur

Education Director

The Sikh Coalition

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