We seek to improve American perception of the Arab-American community and its way of life by introducing an educational program in Michigan schools that will promote understanding and cultural sensitivity to Arabs. The proposed educational program will include working with different public school districts in Metro Detroit and offer the following:
- Provide materials that reflect factual and positive information about Arab Americans and the Arab World (books, videos, pictures, web links, etc…).
- Arrange for volunteers to visit classrooms and give age-appropriate presentations during their Social Studies classes on the Middle East.
- Sponsor school visits to the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn in order to promote awareness of Arab culture and accomplishments in the US.
- Establish a Teacher In-Service Training Program with the help of the Arab American National Museum in order to educate schoolteachers about the culture and history of the Arab World and the Arab American way of life.
We have initiated our work in 2009 with the help of the Arab American National Museum, and we are approaching several school districts such as Troy, Birmingham, Bloomfield, Port Huron and Grosse Pointe. We aim to expand our work in the future to other districts.