The HAF Family Wishes You and Your Loved Ones a Happy Diwali (Deepavali) 2014: Thursday, October 23

Your Diwali Gift | Teach about Diwali in School Weeks | Diwali Toolkit

This Diwali, give the gift of education....

Like you, HAF wants to ensure that all schoolchildren in America have a fair and accurate understanding of Hinduism. Our Hinduism 101: Teacher Training program empowers teachers to better teach about Hinduism. To date, we have trained over 600 teachers on the basics of Hinduism... 
  • For $121, we can train 10 more teachers.
  • For $601, we can train 50 more teachers.
  • For $801, we can create the next multimedia module on Hinduism to distribute to trained teachers for free.
  • For $1,001, we can train 25 new trainers, who can then go on to train even more teachers.

HAF is committed to a sustained investment to ensure that Hinduism is taught about fairly and accurately in our nation’s public schools. But we can’t do it alone. This Diwali, give the gift of education by donating generously to HAF.

Teach about Diwali in School Weeks: Oct 27 - Nov 7

It's back! Our annual Teach about Diwali in School Week is here. We do apologize for the delayed release of our Diwali Toolkit this year, but we still encourage you to teach about Diwali in your children’s classrooms. And because we know teachers create their lesson plans well in advance, we are extending Teach Diwali in School Week from one to two weeks: October 27 - November 7, 2014.
 
Contact your children's teachers NOW so they can accommodate your Diwali presentation into their teaching schedule. If the teacher cannot fit you in between October 27 - November 7, ask about availability for the following week.
 
Teach Diwali in School Week is a vital part of HAF's education reform efforts. As many of you may have experienced - either first-hand or through your children - the manner in which Hinduism is portrayed in classrooms and in textbooks leaves much to be desired. While HAF is making great strides in our education reform efforts, your role is vital to its success. Your engagement with your local public school is a key step in improving the way Hinduism is taught about and understood in the classroom.
 
This year's Toolkit includes activities for both elementary and middle schoolers. In addition to the usual art and craft activities, we've included a Ramayana skit which children can act out. Download it today!
 
Your participation in Teach Diwali in School Week is important. It allows you to be a key part of the process to ensure Hinduism is accurately and fairly taught about in our classrooms. Contact your children's teachers today!