About 50 members of the Red Deer Hindu community were out Saturday on 19th street between 30th and 40th Avenue to create awareness about a campaign to have Hinduism introduced to students earlier in the proposed draft K-6 curriculum. In the draft, as it stands, students don’t learn about Hindiusm until Grade 6. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

About 50 members of the Red Deer Hindu community were out Saturday on 19th street between 30th and 40th Avenue to create awareness about a campaign to have Hinduism introduced to students earlier in the proposed draft K-6 curriculum. In the draft, as it stands, students don’t learn about Hindiusm until Grade 6. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Video: Rally to support adding Hinduism to draft curriculum draws crowd in Red Deer

The Hindu community in Red Deer came out in droves on Saturday to make sure their voices are heard.

About 50 people with signs gathered off of 19th Street in Red Deer for a few hours, to show support to a growing movement that hopes to have Hinduism taught to Grade 2 students as part of the new K-6 Draft curriculum.

Dharmesh Goradia, who organized the event on behalf of the Hindu Community in central Alberta said the members will meet virtually with Alberta Education officials next week, to discuss how they can get Hinduism and learning about Indian civilization in the proposed Grade-2 curriculum.

In the current draft curriculum, students are not taught about Hinduism until Grade 6, yet Judaism, Christianity and Islam are being discussed in Grade 2.

“Hinduism has the third-largest number of followers in the world. In Alberta, there are more than 150,000 who follow this faith,” Goradia said last week.

In the Red Deer area, there are an estimated 250 Hindu families.

Goradia said it’s also important to teach them about Indian culture and contributions such as yoga, Ayurveda and astronomy.