The Kaur Foundation is a national non-profit organization that partners with the country’s school systems to bring education about Sikh-Americans into K-16 classrooms through school curriculum materials.
We envision a society that promotes cultural awareness and inclusiveness for all.
We strive to bring communities together through educational initiatives that encourage dialogue and foster cultural inclusion.
Areas of Work:
1. We create resources and tools to teach about Sikhs and the Sikh-American experience in K-16 classrooms.
2. We train teachers and pre-service teachers on issues of cultural and religious diversity and supporting Sikh students. We support educators’ implementation of Kaur Foundation curriculum resources, including the use of best practices and constitutionally appropriate pedagogical approaches.
3. We partner with like-minded educational organizations, including the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, and the National Council for Social Studies, to create curricular resources and engage with stakeholders across the educational landscape.
In this time of uncertainty, it is essential that mainstream students have an understanding and appreciation for other cultures. In order to help raise awareness about the Sikh-American culture, Kaur Foundation has previously developed high-quality, survey-based educational video resource known as, "The Cultural Safari".
New in 2020!
Kaur Foundation is launching a unique primary eductional resource, "Sikh Youth Voices."
Sikh Youth Voices: Stories of the Sikh-American Experience
This series of short interviews with young Sikh-Americans (ages 15-25) from across the U.S. showcases diverse perspectives across fields of work, interests, and experiences. The 10-15 minute videos will bring the authentic voices and engaging stories of these individuals to a wider audience and will be a valuable addition to classroom conversations about Sikhism and cultural and religious diversity.
These videos will be introduced at the annual conference of the National Council for Social Studies (Dec. 2020) and highlighted on the Kaur Foundation website. The full series will be available to view online and will be accompanied by additional resources to help inspire learning and reflection about the Sikh-American experiences in social studies classrooms across the United States.
The problem with our education system is that everyone is not represented. According to surveys, 54% of Sikh students in this country have experienced bullying and harassment in school. We believe a Sikh-centered unit in history curricula could drastically improve those statistics.
Support Kaur Foundation to empower our youth.