GREAT NEWS FOR PUNJABI NRI COMMUNITY!
TEACHING OF SIKHI BECOMES A PART OF SCHOOL CURRICULUM
IN 2 MORE STATES IN USA.
Los Angeles, Dec 28, 2022
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Ramesh/ A.Gary Singh
It all Started in California in 2009 with a team effort under the initiative of dedicated whistle blower late Dr. Onkar Singh Bindra of Sacramento:
- Raised this issue of including Sikhi in the California Public School History-Social Science Curriculum and appealed to the Punjabi American community through Ambedkar Times Newspaper to come together and support. The Sikh Council of Central California (SCCC) immediately responded and joined hands.
- The Sikh Coalition and others followed. Consequently, a Curriculum Commission was set up in Sacramento in 2009. A lengthy process ensued that took 7 long years of active participation by attending meetings, lobbying lawmakers, and presenting testimonies in Sacramento by all involved to get through the necessary hurdles and got approval in 2016. Finally New Textbooks were published in 2018 which included the teaching of the Sikh Faith for the first time ever in California history books.
As a Coordinator of the Sikh Awareness & Education Committee of the SCCC along with Charanjit Singh Batth and Bharpoor Singh Dhaliwal, we are proud to be a part of this incredible community team effort for all those years. Charanjit Singh Batth deserves special appreciation for lending his support wholeheartedly to this noble of the noblest causes. Special thanks also go to the Sikh Council of Central California, especially its General Secretaries during that period namely Dr. Ranjit Singh Rajpal, Dr. Mohinder Singh Poonia, Col. Hardev Singh Gill as well as Dr. Sharanjit Singh Purewal for their full back up and giving me free rein to coordinate this effort to the best of my ability. Here are 2 more states now added and soon it will be all over in the USA.
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