Karanveer Singh presenting at the National Interfaith Anti-Bullying Summit, George Washington University
American Sikh Council (ASC) representatives S. Karanveer Singh and S. Kavneet Singh were invited to participate in the two day National Interfaith Anti-Bullying Summit held by the American Muslim Health Professionals (APHP) held at Ames Hall on the George Washington University campus in Washington, DC on December 2-3, 2017.
This two day summit was attended by over 100 experts from the state/federal government, social workers, child psychologists, school counselors, educators, diversity directors and anti-bullying specialists from across the country.
The participation included presenters and panelists from the Sikh, Jewish, Muslim and Hindu Faiths. There were participants from the Dalit-Buddhists and Christian faiths as well.
S.Karanveer Singh currently a sophomore in college spoke at the plenary session on December 2, 2017. He highlighted the pressing issue of Sikh children being bullied at twice the (US) national average. He further explained how parents can play a pivotal role to empower their own children by inculcating and training their children with a set of skills which can bring about marked change through self-confidence so that bullying can be reduced. S.Karanveer Singh’s published book in late 2015 at the start of his senior year in high school, “Bullying of Sikh American Children – Through the Eyes of a Sikh American High School Student” which was an eye-opener for many of the professionals at the summit. The above mentioned book has been accepted and is currently being used to teach AP Psychology, AP English, History and Social Studies classes from the Middle School to High School level in the school districts of Liverpool, NY; Voorhees, NJ; Charlotte, NC and Jericho, NY. www.bullyingsikhamericanchildren.org
The sessions covered the various forms of bullying and how best to mitigate the sinister nature of bullying. Some of the sessions were moderated by young high school and college students. One of the more active high school students Hana Kaur leads an ongoing training through an organization called ‘Sikh kid to kid’, where high school students train teachers about the Sikh heritage to minimize bullying. Teachers get continuing education credits for the course.
Some of the participants at the National Interfaith Anti-Bullying Summit on December 2, 2017
The attendees were very appreciative of the practical approach to tackling the disturbing issue of bullying through S.Karanveer Singh’s presentation and the panel discussion.
The organizers (AMHP) of this summit must be congratulated for taking the initiative to hold this much needed event to hold a discussion on a serious social and mental health concern.