This project will partner with Chicago schools to promote peace and non-violence in school through Gandhi's teachings. NIAM (National Indo American Museum) will leverage our Ethnic Dialog platform to conduct interactive sessions on Indian culture and Gandhi and would conduct meditative sessions and role playing to address issues in schools.
Every week schools across the country are facing severe challenges with bullying and violence that has created concern in students, teachers and parents. Students are not always aware of methods to promote peace and non-violence in schools to promote a healthy positive environment.
Our project would involve leveraging the National Indo American Museum's ethnic dialog platform to conduct teachings on Gandhi and his efforts to promote peace and non-violence and address this very current and relevant issue. We would conduct sessions on Gandhi followed by teaching techniques to promote peace including meditative sessions, role playing, and wall galleries. We would leverage the museum's strength in classroom teachings to do this in Chicago schools.
There are 360,000 students in Chicago schools across 600 schools. Our goal would be to implement this project in 30 elementary schools (5% of the schools). We would continue to offer services to train teachers on our lesson plan to implement in their own schools to reach the broader school district. This would teach children techniques to promote peace and non-violence in their schools.