Attention NOVA tumblees!
There is a great FREE program that’ll be going on in July at Washington Irving Middle School. It’s goal is to teach students about Pakistani Culture and some basic Urdu. Right now, the program is more geared towards Pakistani-Americans so the class will be taught only in Urdu (sorry).
Here is the website and here is the flyer:
The program is being led by Dr. Moazzam Siddiqi. There are a bunch of fun things being planned for the 3 weeks the class will be held including: learning about the different regions of Pakistan, eating delicious (free) food from those regions, and learning about how to get around Pakistan using only Urdu.
This class is perfect for those who would love to get in touch with their roots or work on their terrible pronunciation of Urdu words!
My mom is going to be teaching one of the classes for the program and we (both me and her) been working really hard to help make the curriculum and class plans fun!
If you do end up applying to take this class, it would be great if you could say that “Kishwar” was your referrer (just in case they would like to know how you heard about the class). It would also be great if you guys could spread the message about this as well, everyone from this program is working really hard to make it as awesome as it can be.
peterpeterpeterpeter replied to your post: summer break isn’t as relaxing as I wish it…
Beside the crying because of hormones, my first three weeks of summer vacation have been just that.
hahaha, lucky! That’s like the epitome of summer. My summer so far has been headache filled, getting unwanted licks/kisses, and wiping a whole lotta tears (i work at a child care center).
summer break isn’t as relaxing as I wish it would’ve been. but i guess at least i’m not wasting my time being bored out of my mind.
though i really wanted to lazily spend days eating nothing but popsicles, wearing tanktops and homemade shorts, watching weird movies, and making ugly paintings while crying about everything because hormones.
All the girls of my class love coloring and each time they color, they decide to make the character they are coloring have blonde hair and blue eyes (unless of course they are certain disney princesses). Always. Each of the six girls who are coloring choose those features. And only one of the girls has those same exact features, the others have equally as beautiful brown hair and/or eyes.
I asked them once why blonde and blue and they replied that it’s because it’s pretty.
Children live-action tv shows these days almost always have a white protagonist or if by any chance they are a poc, they are the only other poc (except for family members) in the show. And if there is a popular girl, she is almost always white (and of course blonde).
Anytime there is a poc on a show, they are the token poc. If they are south asian, they have a stereotypical accent and talk about bollywood, make references to spiritual things and karma… it would just be nice to have more poc characters on
Disney children’s tv shows that weren’t so stereotypical and the token poc.
On Thursday it happened again.
Two girls at work were teasing Sharon (one of the two poc kid in the class) about her skin. Saying that it was “yucky” and “dark.” She was just sitting there, tears were streaming down her face.
No one should ever hate their skin tone, let alone a little four year old girl.
The bratty girls immediately got in trouble with the head teacher and I tried calming Sharon down by telling her that she is beautiful and so is her skin. I also tried to make the other girls realize that it’s not okay for them to say that, I doubt they really understand, but I just told them that I was disappointed in them each time they asked me to play with them. They looked guilty, but who knows… four year old girls these days are pretty terrible and catty.
This whole situation was horrible and it made me so upset. I was angry at those girls for saying that, but I had to keep my composure since I was their teacher and my boss was in the room. I just want to make sure that other girls like Sharon never have to feel that they are not pretty or amazing just because of how terrible people can be.
— my 4 year old nephew when Snoop Dog appeared on the tv screen.
remember that time when i followed this one girl’s blog because i had a crush on her cousin (this guy from school)?