International Tolerance Day is celebrated on 16th November every year. In 1995 UNESCO, the United Nations General Assembly started to celebrate International Tolerance Day worldwide in order to acquire public attention and to promote the culture of tolerance in the world.
The United Nation Charter states “We, the peoples of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war … to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person… and for these ends to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors.”
Universal Declaration of Human Rights also affirms that “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion “of opinion and expression” and that education “should promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups”
International Tolerance Day urges us that people should accept and respect the existence of other people irrespective of the race, gender, religion, border and country.
Similarly at the border level the countries should accept and respect the existence of all other countries in the world, so that this world can be saved with the utmost dangers of wars.
In today’s society and culture unfortunately, overall the Tolerance level of people is been declined. We watch so many frequent news of intolerance behavior of people where some times murders/killing incidents take place on small disputes/fights.
I still remember an incident news that I watched on media, In which there was in a small town an ice hawker was selling the ice in the hot summer season and a small kid of around 8-10 years passing by tried to collect some piece of ice from his shop without payment.
The shop keeper was so intolerant, infect cruel person that he beat the kid with the ice-cutter tool in his hand and he beat him so badly that even the kid was died.
By this incident you can imagine how much is the tolerance level of people living in our society. We all are human being and nature has created every single human with a unique personality, ever one thinks and acts uniquely and we should accept this uniqueness of human kind and accept and respect every human sole living in this world.
Tolerance cannot be taken for granted. It has to be taught and communicated in the society at each level. Education, inside and outside the classroom, Is essential for strengthening tolerance culture and for opposing hatred and discrimination.
On this International Day of Tolerance, Let us recommit to dialogue and understanding among all peoples and communities, and let us focus our minds and hearts on those who face discrimination and demotion. A single humanity means living together and working together on the basis of mutual respect for the great wealth of human diversity and making this world a better place to live for everyone.