Sikhism Added to NYC School Curriculum

Pritpal Singh, left, senior policy advisor for United Sikhs, announces new Sikh lesson plans for 5th and 6th grade, alongside Assemblyman David Weprin and with Queens Borough President Melinda Katz at far right. (Photo by Anna Sackel via Queens Chronicle)

Sikhism will become a part of the NYC public school curriculum in the upcoming school year for the majority of fifth and sixth graders, reports Queens Chronicle’s Anna Sackel. The Department of Education made the announcement on July 20 alongside United Sikhs, a UN-affiliated nonprofit founded in Richmond Hill that worked with the DOE to create the lessons.

“Sikh children are bullied in schools at twice the national rate in our country. 90 percent of Sikhs report being bullied at some point, and I’m one of them,” said Pritpal Singh, the senior policy advisor for United Sikhs. “Sikhs are 100 times more likely to be assaulted than the average American.”

Pritpal Singh and other members of United Sikhs say that is due largely to a lack of education about Sikhism.

“With the new lesson plans, we hope to improve overall awareness about the Sikh community at a critical time in childhood development,” said Dr. Gurparkash Singh, United Sikhs national director of community empowerment, education and development.

For more on the lesson plans and for remarks from government officials, go to Queens Chronicle.

Also read a News India Times article for additional details on the lessons, which included input from Sikh Captain America.

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