International Day for Tolerance: Respect and Appreciate Diversity
What do you think our world would look like if people would become more and more intolerant of each other’s culture, attitude, appearance, religion, and way of thinking? It surely would be chaotic as this would only breed more hatred, bigotry, and conflict.
That nightmarish scenario was what prompted the United Nations General Assembly in 1996 to call on member states to observe an International Day for Tolerance on November 16 of each year. The unofficial holiday was thus created to generate public awareness of the dangers of intolerance.
November 16—International Day for Tolerance serves to encourage people all over the world to respect and recognize the rights and beliefs of others to avoid injustice, oppression, racism, and discrimination—the deadly and devastating ingredients of human conflict.
At this time of the year, debates and discussions are held in various forums worldwide to address these issues with the ultimate objective of fostering peace and understanding in the global community. The discussions focus on human rights, equality, and diversity of people.
Indeed, tolerance and understanding of people’s individuality are the keys to peaceful coexistence in our world. This attitude should apply not only to individuals but to groups and states as well.
Humanity has the right to live in peace, and tolerance is the key to world peace while intolerance is the fire that destroys it. Intolerance happens because of ignorance and fear. That is why education is very important to foster tolerance. People, especially children, should learn about how important it is to understand other people and their differences.
4 Ways to Celebrate International Day for Tolerance
On November 16—International Day for Tolerance, let us educate ourselves and learn how to practice tolerance as we strive to do our share in nurturing peace and understanding among various social, ethnic, and cultural groups.
Here are four ways you can celebrate International Day for Tolerance:
- Say no to violence and agree to disagree.
- Celebrate with your community and try to get to know your neighbors better. Understand the cultural differences between you and them if they come from other parts of the world. Appreciate their dances, arts, and music.
- Get into sports to practice sportsmanship and camaraderie.
- Accept and appreciate diversity as it is what makes our lives unique and colorful.
Successfully promoting tolerance and peace is not that easy to achieve. But with commitment and time, it can be achieved.
The observance of November 16—International Day for Tolerance offers the best opportunity to take a timely step in achieving tolerance wherever you are—in your neighborhood, workplace, and relationships with others. Wouldn’t it be great to live in a world free from intolerance?
Take a Look Around You and Help the Needy
In keeping with the spirit of harmonious living that November 16—International Day for Tolerance imparts, let’s take a good close look at the disadvantaged people in our community and think of ways on how we can help them. These are the men and women who live among us who are burdened with disabilities, inadequate education, past criminal records, and other personal barriers to gainful employment and a life free from poverty and misery.
Did you know that you can easily provide significant assistance to them that could transform their lives simply by donating an old and unwanted vehicle to us at Goodwill Car Donations? We will sell your donated vehicle via auction and use the proceeds to provide them with skills and job training, career development and placement, scholarships, youth employment, livelihood, disability benefits support, and other community-building support services.
Those who enroll in our job training programs are taught skills best suited for them, empowering them to secure stable and decent jobs. Hence, once poor and idle individuals become financially independent and productive workers who can now support themselves and their families and contribute to the growth and progress of your community as well.
What’s even better is that your charitable contribution will entitle you to receive a package of rewards, including the highest possible tax deduction based on the selling price of your donated vehicle after it is sold at auction.
To know more about Goodwill Car Donations, our donation process and other related information, check out our FAQs page. For inquiries, give us a call at our toll-free hotline 866-233-8586 or send us your message online.
You can make your car donation by either calling us directly or filling out our online donation form.
Help Build a Peaceful and Prosperous World
On November 16—International Day for Tolerance, let’s do our share in building a peaceful and prosperous world. We can start by helping the less fortunate people in our community. Call us at 866-233-8586 and make your car donation now!
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