Sikh Awareness Through Libraries – UNITED SIKHS Blog https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog Recognize The Human Race As One Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:31:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How Can You Make a Difference this Human Rights Day? https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2015/12/how-can-you-make-a-difference-this-human-rights-day/ Thu, 10 Dec 2015 19:36:39 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=2318

15 year old Gurpreet Singh was a proud Sikh teenager in Panjab who had been wearing his patka to school since he was three and was soon to start wearing his Turban. That was before his family moved to Belgium. Today, he attends his Catholic school in Brugge, Belgium bareheaded, with his unshorn hair tied in a ponytail. This is despite a case won by UNITED SIKHS lawyers last year in the Belgian Supreme Court (Conseil d’etat), which ruled that two Sikh boys who attended another type of school should be allowed to wear their patke (head coverings) to school. UNITED SIKHS’ advocacy battle for turbans in Belgium continues as we move from the courtroom to the Church, so that civil society recognizes that a Sikh’s turban constitutes his identity.

Today, December 10th, 2015, we celebrate the 65th annual Human Rights Day–a day officiated by the United Nations (UN) in 1950 to commemorate the importance of global human and civil rights. While there is still work to be done to protect the fundamental freedoms and innate rights of all, UNITED SIKHS made great strides towards this ideal all over the world this year. As a UN-affiliated organization, we are dedicated to advocating on behalf of minority communities in every corner of the world.

It is only through your support that we were able to sustain these efforts this year, and prepare to protect Human Rights in 2016: Currently, our team is set to launch our European Refugee Relief Effort in the coming weeks, through which we aim to serve hot meals to thousands of Syrian refugees arriving in Macedonia, Europe everyday. If you are interested in volunteering with us for this effort, please email us atvolunteer@unitedsikhs.org. Our team is tirelessly working towards protecting everyone’s rights. Please support us in our efforts.

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UNITED SIKHS highly recommends ‘My First Sikh Books’-A set of children’s board books designed to empower pre-school to Grade-1 Sikh girls and boys and their peers. https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2013/03/united-sikhs-highly-recommends-my-first-sikh-books-a-set-of-childrens-board-books-designed-to-empower-pre-school-to-grade-1-sikh-girls-and-boys-and-their-peers/ https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2013/03/united-sikhs-highly-recommends-my-first-sikh-books-a-set-of-childrens-board-books-designed-to-empower-pre-school-to-grade-1-sikh-girls-and-boys-and-their-peers/#comments Wed, 06 Mar 2013 18:04:05 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1841 Atlanta GA: UNITED SIKHS has added My First Sikh Books in its recommendation list for Sikh Awareness Through Libraries (SATL) project. This set is a perfect resource that empowers preschool through Grade 1 children and their peers about the Sikh identity.

My First Sikh Books is a packaged set of two board books: My First Kaur Book and My First Singh Book. These books are designed to instill pride and confidence in young minds, as they leave the comfortable setting of their homes to enter their first classrooms, where they will become aware of their identity for the very first time.This is a much needed resource for little ones entering schools and a must for their classrooms.

  

Two coloring books, a glossary of terms and a brief introduction about Sikhs for the educators are also included in this set. Children will be proud to take this attractive easy to carry case to their “Show and Tell” sessions. The coloring books are a perfect family time activity and a great fit for Sunday Gurmat school sessions.

The message of these books is simple, age relevant and invokes an understanding of basic Sikh principles. The outstanding character illustrations resemble young Sikh children making them comfortable with their Sikh identity.
Reading to young children from the time they are born has proven to be intellectually and emotionally valuable to kids. This set is an excellent first book for a Sikh child to receive as a gift.

Please consider donating this book to your child’s classroom and your local library.

Read what people are saying about ‘My First Sikh Books’:

“I bought these books for my 2 young daughters. The message in the book is STRONG! It shares the Sikh values that I want to teach my 4 and 7 year old girls. My daughters were represented and the author cared enough to include the ‘Kaurs’ instead of only focusing on the ’Singhs.’  My daughters love the coloring books and feel so proud when they show these books to others. It is beautiful to see my older daughter reading the book to my younger daughter. They even read “My First Singh Book” with so much excitement.” – G. Singh (Parent)

“As a 1st grade teacher, I think these books are perfect for the audience they are targeting. I ordered these books a few weeks ago and immediately ordered more to give as gifts. The quality of these books is far better than anything else I have seen made for our community. I also like the fact that the children will be able to relate and connect to the Sikh characters in the book in a positive manner. – P. Chadha (Parent, Teacher)

“I ordered this set for my nephew and niece, ages 4 and 2. They loved them! The books are well written, beautifully illustrated and age-appropriate. They introduce the topic of what it means to be a Sikh in a fun and creative way without being preachy. It is wonderful that Sikh kids can now have characters they can relate to in books.” – M. Kaur (Aunt)

My First Sikh Books are priced at $14.99 + shipping and can be ordered from the website http://www.lohgarh.org  using paypal.

While placing an order please mention UNITED SIKHS – by clicking on “Add Special Instructions to the Seller” section. This will allow the seller to donate a percentage of books under the SATL project of UNITED SIKHS to the local elementary school libraries.

About SATL: Sikh Awareness through Libraries (SATL) aims to improve the availability of information on Sikh culture, history and religion via multimedia resources – books, DVDs, CDs and microfilms. Under the SATL project, these resources will be made available in public and private libraries, including those in schools, universities and other educational institutions, throughout the world. The objective of the project is to reach out to various demographics through multiple media to provide global access to reliable and complete information on Sikhs. Please visit http://unitedsikhs.org/sikhlibrary/ for more information

 

Issued by:
Gurmeet Kaur
Project Coordinator,  SATL
ceed-usa@unitedsikhs.org

 

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