“Tolerance is the positive and cordial effort to understand another’s beliefs, practices and habits without necessarily sharing or accepting them.”- Joseph E. Osborne.

This implies that we do not have to own one’s beliefs, and condemns the oppression or persecution of others. In our daily life, tolerance is paramount to sustain relationships. Unfortunately, it is often perceived as weakness.

International day of tolerance was initiated by the UN General Assembly, with the goal of getting educational institutions and the general public to see tolerance as a staple of society. It is marked on the 16th of November every year, as a way of defining and providing awareness of tolerance to all governing and participating bodies. Additionally, on this day UNESCO created an award to recognize those with great achievements in promoting the spirit of tolerance or non-violence in fields such as science, culture, and the arts. It is with no doubt that a world without tolerance would be very chaotic.

The International Day for Tolerance supports the notion that education is a key factor in preventing intolerance across the human race. On this day, we are encouraged to educate and learn how to practice solidarity between ethnic, social and cultural groups. As UNESCO puts it, “Education for tolerance should aim at countering influences that lead to fear and exclusion of others, and should help young people develop capacities for independent judgment, critical thinking and ethical reasoning. The diversity of our world’s religions, languages, cultures and ethnicities is not a pretext for conflict, but is a treasure that enriches us all.”

Let us recognize the mounting threat posed by those who strive to divide, and let us pledge to forge a path defined by dialogue, social cohesion and mutual understanding. To encourage mindfulness and faith in human rights – in order to encourage equality and diversity across the world.

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