October 5, 2020 (New York, NY) -- This month, the Sikh Coalition joins organizations nationwide in marking October as National Bullying Prevention Month. As part of these efforts, we are working to equip parents with bullying prevention resources and empowering them to take the first step in raising Sikh awareness in their child’s classroom.
Bullying Prevention Resources
Raising Sikh Awareness in the Classroom
“Every child deserves a safe and healthy learning environment. We must work collectively to make schools a place where all students can thrive, and parents can play a critical role by ensuring that their child’s educator understands how teaching about Sikhism and creating awareness about the Sikh identity contributes to a safer and more inclusive classroom.” –Pritpal Kaur, Sikh Coalition Education Director
In August, the Sikh Coalition launched a new campaign, “Sharing Sikh Stories,” to give parents the opportunity to create positive awareness about the Sikh identity in their child’s classroom. Through this initiative, parents can request a virtual book reading with Raakhee Mirchandani or Simran Jeet Singh--each an author of a children’s book featuring Sikh characters. More than 25 parents have already signed up and picked either Raakhee or Simran Jeet to virtually visit their child’s classroom this fall. Click here to request a free virtual book reading from Raakhee or Simran Jeet and help raise Sikh awareness at your child’s school.
The virtual book readings are completely free and an easy first step to introducing the Sikh identity to your child’s classmates and educators. And, as another bonus, the Sikh Coalition will donate both Raakhee and Simran Jeet’s books--Super Satya Saves the Day
and Fauja Singh Keeps Going
--plus Supriya Kelkar’s The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh
to every school that participates in these virtual readings.
While school looks very different for students this year, the Sikh Coalition is committed to equipping parents and educators with the tools necessary to successfully teach about Sikhism and the Sikh identity in physical and virtual classrooms alike. Our Back to School Toolkit
has a wide range of resources that can be used by both parents and educators to make classrooms a safer and more inclusive space for Sikh students. In addition, we have guidance for Khalsa Schools, tips for parents on the increased risk of cyberbullying, and an e-learning series all available in our collection of COVID-19 community resources
As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.