November 16th is the International Day of Tolerance. As one of the core values of GYV is celebrating diversity, we hope everyone in this diverse world would give each other more tolerance and understanding, so that we can build a world of peace.
The International Day of Tolerance started in 1995 when a Declaration of Principles on Tolerance was adopted by UNESCO’s Member States. This special day aims at educating people of showing our respect and appreciation of different cultures, values, forms of expression and ways of being human.*
Tolerance is about communicating, understanding and being open-minded – which is what students experience at the Global Youth ViIlage. For the past 35 years, more than 4000 youths from 103 countries have participated in the LivingSidebySide curriculum at GYV, sharing rich variety of cultures and customs with each other. These participants have different skin colors, different mother languages, different living habits and different cultural backgrounds.
But students no only learn tolerance for those who come from different backgrounds, they also learn tolerance for themselves. Through their GYV experience, students gain deep self confidence, based on being who they truly are. Read how 2014 participant Ruby, learned to believe in herself at GYV.
We are naturally diverse. Tolerance brings us together and ensures the fundamental freedom of everybody in every region of the globe.
What did you learned about tolerance in GYV? Tell us your story!
* Untied Nations http://www.un.org/en/events/toleranceday/background.shtml