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November 2, 2011 Posted by cityfm89admin in This Month
International Day of Tolerance – 16th November 2011
In 1996, the General Assembly invited Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November, with activities directed towards both educational establishments.
For more information, visit http://www.un.org/depts/dhl/tolerance/

Ten Ideas for Observing the International Day for Tolerance

1. Diversity in Your Community
Wherever you live, the wide diversity of your community will probably surprise you. It has been said that a culture is the sum total of all the influences that a region has undergone. Undertake an investigative project on cultural diversity in your town or community. Who lives there? How do they live? Articles, interviews, posters or displays can be designed to highlight the range of identities and cultures. How is this diversity demonstrated in music? Reflect on the number of traditions of music and dance you've come across, and the mutual influences they show. Organize a concert or cultural festival that brings together a range of cultural traditions.

2. Human Rights
How are the rights of persons belonging to national, ethnic, religious, linguistic or other minorities guaranteed in your community, nation, region? How about indigenous people, migrant workers, asylum-seekers and refugees, disabled people? Are their rights promoted and protected? Do you find that your law-enforcement officials are adequately educated about human rights? What can you do to improve attitudes or behavior toward minorities?

3. Do-lt-Yourself Tolerance Program
Write your own tolerance curriculum or program. This means deciding what are the component parts of tolerance, and how you think tolerant values can best be transmitted. Scrutinize your text books and televisions, newspapers and magazines for stereotyping, including gender typing, and assumptions about nationalities and ethnic groups. What are the tolerance priorities for your town, country or region?

4. No to Violence
How does violence come into a community, school or home, and how can it be stopped? Act out the dynamics of tolerance and intolerance through role playing, dialogue, dilemma solving. Organise public debates, take sides in a debate, and then switch sides and speak for the opposite position. How do you imagine peaceful co-existence of diverse individuals and groups? What makes it work, and what undermines it?

5. Ecological Diversity and Human Diversity
Every community is based on interdependence. Like the plants and animals, we couldn't survive if we were all the same. What are some examples of this truth drawn from daily life in your town? What are concrete examples of how a culture of peace and tolerance can promote environmental preservation? Start a project in your school or neighborhood.

For more information, visit http://www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/themes/human-rights/fight-against-discrimination/promoting-tolerance/
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