To mark Asian Heritage Month, the District is sharing Henderson Elementary’s involvement in a special initiative that celebrates South Asian Canadian history, culture, and heritage.
On April 22, the South Asian Institute at the University of Fraser Valley launched the South Asian Canadian Legacy Project (SACLP), which aims to raise awareness of South Asian Canadians contributions in BC. One of six components of the SALP includes educational resources for students in kindergarten to Grade 12 called Saffron Threads.
In collaboration with Open Schools BC, the Royal BC Museum, and the South Asian Studies Institute, Saffron Threads resources provide teachers the opportunity to integrate activity plans in the classroom to further explore South Asian Canadian stories.
Harjinder Sandhu, principal at Henderson Elementary serves as a fellow committee member on the SACLP education resource advisory committee.
Back in January, staff at Henderson were invited to use the lesson plans in their classrooms and provided feedback to further enhance the resources for students.
“It is important that our students see a connection to themselves and their community in their learning,” Sandhu shares. “Saffron Threads resources have helped our students build meaningful connections to different stories. They were really engaged in the activities too,” Sandhu adds.
Teachers Sonia Jagpal, Katie Smith, Megan Guenter and Carrie Baker used the Saffron Threads lesson plans in their classrooms.
Watch a video, courtesy of the South Asian Institute to learn more about the resources used in classrooms at Henderson:
How are you celebrating Asian Heritage Month?
photo credit: Jesse Kaufman. Courtesy of the UFV South Asian Studies Institute