According to UNESCO’s 1995 Declaration of Principles on Tolerance, Tolerance is respect, acceptance, and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression, and ways of being human.
We celebrate this day annually on 16 November. It creates awareness of the dangers of intolerance and allows people to learn more about tolerance and celebrate the difference in their cultures, values, and beliefs. This day encourages equality and diversity across the globe. It’s a reminder to be mindful and have faith in human rights without infringing on someone else’s.
Tolerance in a diverse world
The world is full of diversity and that is the beauty of it. However, history has shown that without tolerance, society would not be peaceful and accepting of different people with different perspectives on life. The observance of this day is important to continue educating and raising awareness of such events so that they don’t occur.
Tolerance is more than a moral duty; it is an attribute that assists people to live together in harmony. A person can showcase this characteristic by accepting and embracing others who are different from them in terms of religion and culture, race, sexuality, etc. Tolerance builds a society in which people feel valued and respected. On International Day for Tolerance, various activities are organized that target educational institutions and the general population to raise awareness.
It is also important to highlight that respecting and tolerating behavior does not necessarily mean that a person should compromise their principles or unwillingly accept others’ ideas. We have to keep in mind that it is a fundamental human right.
The tolerance displayed through ADN Kids
Think Human Foundation embraces this attribute which is evident in its collaboration with different organizations. For example, ADN kids are in partnership with Think Human Foundation to train and educate young children on social and emotional learning and negotiating. They learn how to handle conflict and communicate effectively, especially against violence and bullying. This has an impact on the children’s ability to manage their emotions, embrace diversity in their communities and help them build self-confidence. These negotiating skills acquired by the children help them in managing the violence they may encounter.