International days are marked to educate the public on issues of concern, to address global problems and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. Each international day provides the community an opportunity to organize activities related to the theme and to create public awareness on the same. Organizations, governments, public and private sectors, schools, universities and citizens make international day a springboard for awareness raising actions. In this article let us check the International Day of Tolerance 2020 – Quiz, History, Quotes and Activities
International Day of Tolerance 2020 – Monday, 16 November
In this article readers can get a glimpse on
- History of International Day of Tolerance
- Quotes on International Day of Tolerance
- Activities that can be observed on International Day of Tolerance
- Tolerance Day Quiz
History of International Day of Tolerance
In 1996, the UN General Assembly invited UN Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November. This action followed up on the United Nations Year for Tolerance, 1995, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 at the initiative of UNESCO, as outlined in the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance and Follow-up Plan of Action for the Year.
In 1995, to mark the United Nations Year for Tolerance and the 125th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, UNESCO created a prize for the promotion of tolerance and non-violence. The UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence rewards significant activities in the scientific, artistic, cultural or communication fields aimed at the promotion of a spirit of tolerance and non-violence. The prize is awarded every two years on the International Day for Tolerance, 16 November. The Prize may be awarded to institutions, organizations or persons, who have contributed in a particularly meritorious and effective manner to tolerance and non-violence.
Quotes on International Day of Tolerance
- “Religion is like a pair of shoes…..Find one that fits for you, but don’t make me wear your shoes.” –
- “In order to have faith in his own path, he does not need to prove that someone else’s path is wrong.” – Paulo Coelho
- “Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the wrong. Sometime in life you will have been all of these.”-
- “The highest result of education is tolerance” –
- “Tolerance isn’t about not having beliefs. It’s about how your beliefs lead you to treat people who disagree with you.” – Timothy Keller
- “Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.” –
- “Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.”-
- “The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don’t agree with.” – Eleanor Holmes Norton
- “Don’t be in a hurry to condemn because he doesn’t do what you do or think as you think or as fast. There was a time when you didn’t know what you know today.” –
- “Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity. Racism can, will, and must be defeated.”-
- “If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.”- Franklin D. Roosevelt
- “In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.” –
- “If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.”-
- “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”- Nelson Mandela
International Day of Tolerance Activities
The following are few activities that can be conducted as a part of observational of The day of tolerance
- Diversity at workspace. Conduct activities by mixing up all the workers at the institution without discriminating the designation. Accept the diversity at your workspace by respecting every different kinds of work involved there.
- 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.
- Organize fair where in the cultures and art of many places and religion are Involved thus accepting the tolerance in religion and culture
- Children at school should also be involved in tolerance activities as a part of lesson plan by including worksheets and other activities. School is the base for students, hence instill in them the values of respecting everyone around irrespective of gender, religion, place and economic status.
- Help in instilling the values on non violence in students right from young age. Conflict resolution skills has to be taken up at schools and students has to be trained with respect to this matter.
- Conduct sports activities in your society and involve participants from diverse areas and help in bringing harmony among them through sports.
- Respect the environmental diversity. Take a tour outside and introduce to students the ecological diversity.
- Conduct activities and campaigns which will involve people irrespective of culture, religion, economical status and help in bringing peace between them
- Promote peace
Tolerance Day Quiz
1. What can be defined as human rights?
a) Those benefits granted to any adult person.
b) Those entitlements for those lawfully residing in a given country.
c) Those rights inherent to all human beings.
2. What makes the Universal Declaration of Human Rights so unique?
a) It was drafted by people from all over the world.
b) Sets common standards on human rights protection.
c) Both previous answers.
3. Is Human Rights Education relevant?
a) It is only relevant for those working in the legal profession.
b) It is only relevant for those presenting complaints on human rights violations.
c) It is relevant for all human beings.
4. Are human rights related to the Sustainable Development Goals?
a) Yes, the SDGs are directly linked with human rights standards.
b) Yes, but the relation is negligible.
c) No, there is no connection.
5. Is there any review about the human rights situation in all UN Member States?
a) Yes, there is a periodic review made to all UN Member States about their human rights situation.
b) Yes, but only for specific human rights in certain UN Member States.
c) No, there is no mechanism to conduct this kind of review.
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