Massachusetts Public Schools Will Teach About Dr. Bishnu Maya Pariyar & Untouchability

In the 7th-grade public school’s course of Massachusetts, chapter about Dr. Bishnu Maya Pariyar have been included.

The curriculum approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will be open source and available to every public school in MA to use in their 7th grade World History and Geography curriculum. Next year, it is being piloted in several schools across the state.

The documentary ‘Untouchable’ prepared about Pariyar is also included in chapter 12 of world history and geography. The lesson taught through videos and slide shows includes 8 slides that provide information about Pariyar and caste discrimination.

Students will learn about SDG 10 – Reduced Inequalities and engage with a mini-documentary about caste in Nepal and the work of Dalit activist Bishnu Maya Pariyar to address the inequality it creates. Students will also explore other methods of addressing inequality through methods such as legislation and education, and consider the role they can play in addressing inequality in their local and global communities. 

At the beginning of the lesson, after introducing to SDG 10 through a video of famous American civil rights activist Rosa Parks, teachers will explain to students that they are going to watch a mini-documentary about the work of an activist named Bishnu Maya Pariyar who was born into the Dalit (untouchable) caste in Nepal. 

After explaining about Hinduism, UNTOUCHABLE, a documentary about Bishnu Maya Pariyar will be shown.

The lesson covers:

  • The discrimination and treatment of Dalits in Nepal with regard to  education,  social interactions,(i.e., water fountain), work (father forced to make clothes)
  • The Impact of caste system including: lack of education, loss of dignity, economic inequality 
  • Bishnu Maya Pariyar’s organization ADWAN  (Association for Dalit Women’s Advancement of Nepal) and how it works to address the problems created by the caste system by providing micro-loans and creating community.
  • Bishnu Maya Pariyar lives out the Hindu values of dharma and karma  through her work and her actions reverberate through the community.

In the 20-minute video lesson, Dr. Bishnu Maya Pariyar will be taught; the video tries to connect the caste system of Nepal to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Before this, Pariyar’s struggle story was included in the book The Writer’s Mindset, published by McGraw Hill, one of the world’s three largest publishing companies that publish course-books from school to university.