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The Sikh Coalition News
January 14, 2014
  • Sikhi Included in School Curricula and Medical Manual

    January 14, 2014 (New York, NY) – Over the past year, the Sikh Coalition’s work to ensure that educational curricula and resources include information on Sikhs and the Sikh experience continued robustly.

    We are pleased to share three new educational resources that the Sikh Coalition reviewed and for which we submitted Sikh-related content:

    "Let’s Get Real” by Groundspark is a 30- minute film and 130-page curriculum guide meant to combat school bullying. The curriculum discusses the bullying experiences of a Sikh student. It is created for students in grades 6 through 8, but can be adapted for high school students.

    In the Face of Xenophobia: Lessons to Address Bullying of South Asian American Youth” released by South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) in 2013, is a 90- page curriculum guide. The curriculum seeks to provide communities, individuals and educators with resources for addressing school bullying and bigotry directed at South Asian youth. Dalip Singh Saund, Bhagat Singh Thind, the Stockton Gurdwara, Balbir Singh Sodhi, the post-9/11 backlash, anti-Sikh bullying and the Oak Creek gurdwara shootings are all discussed in the curriculum. It may be downloaded free of charge here.

    The Medical Manual for Religio-Cultural Competence includes an entire chapter devoted to Sikhism and caring for Sikh patients. It is written by the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding in consultation with experts in the fields of religion and medicine. It offers communication guidelines, checklists to help manage patients’ responses and tools to help organize and integrate them into treatment plans.

    We are pleased to share these resources with the community, educators and healthcare providers. Your support has allowed us to become a valued resource for professionals seeking to create content on Sikhs.

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