Declared by UNESCO as an annual observance to raise awareness about the hazards that come from intolerance, the world celebrates the International Day for Tolerance on every 16th of November.
Anyone can celebrate International Day for Tolerance whether in schools, offices, associations. Below are some simple ideas that may inspire you to reflect and give more meaning to the occasion.
- Celebrate together with your community. Getting together with your neighbors, co-workers and you might be surprised at how diverse the group is. Try to get to know more about them, through music, dances, and arts to showcase their cultural influences. If budget allows, organize a concert and cultural fest to bring together a range of diverse groups.
- Say No to Violence. Agree to disagree and learn to respect the person whose thoughts and ideas you don’t agree with. Fighting and causing vicious acts won’t solve any issues.
- Showcase Diversity. Just like animals and plants, we humans will not be able to survive if we are all the same. Our diversity is what makes life colorful and unique. Think of projects you can do in your school that can showcase the valuable benefits of adapting the spirit of tolerance in embracing world cultures.
- Get into Sports. Any sports activity develops camaraderie and sportsmanship. Invite some of your foreign friends over a game of basketball or volleyball and see unity happen.
- Art for a Cause. Use your talent to promote peace. A painting, a sketch, photo or sculpture can speak volumes. Communicate to the world through your masterpiece.
Building tolerance and achieving peace is no small task, it takes commitment and time. Intolerance happens due to fear and ignorance, thus access to education is a vital element to close cultural gaps and achieve a more peaceful world.
In line with celebrating tolerance, the Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta is preparing for the second edition of the International Festival of Ibn Battuta to be held on 9 to 12 of November 2017 at the city of Tangier, Morocco. Participants, sponsors and guests are coming over to celebrate this year’s festival theme, “Travelers, the Ambassadors of Peace”. It will be an event featuring the legacy of Ibn Battuta and its world journey and in the promotion of peace and tolerance through traveling.
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