At a time
of crisis, we are again at a point of recognizing the need for
values. It is well known that values offer protection, and even
more. One who experiences values is able to share this protection
with others. Dadi Janki from Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual
University ever said: “As we develop values within the self, we
share the fragrance of those values with the world around us, and in
this way move forward to a better world”. If we consider the world
to be our extended family of people, we realize the aim of tolerance
as peaceful coexistence.
Nations Department of Public Information and United Nations Economic
and Social Council and UNICEF have already summarized a great fund
of extremely important documents about tolerance as practice and
theoretical method of coexistence. There are more than 20 complete
definitions of tolerance as inner strength which enables the
individual to face and transform misunderstanding and difficulties.
As tolerance develops the ability to accommodate the problems of
everyday living, it denotes love and respect as the means of
confronting all negative circumstances and making anything easier to
It is known
that Family is the first classroom to learn tolerance. School is the
second classroom. University is the third. The tests of tolerance
are taken each and every day of our life. Those who pass with trust
and honor use the power of tolerance as the value of protection and
workshops and activities with parents and students we headlined as
“The Global Tolerance vision seminar”.
looked like:1.Your vision of tolerance for yourself and the world.
Identifying Tolerance as the unique value is empowering. It helps
you to choose the right course of action at the right time.3.Sharing
values is uplifting. We realize that the Tolerance bind us together
and is so much greater than something that set us apart.
objectives are: 1.To identify the barriers which prevent us from
adopting and living Tolerance as a key-value.2. To develop strategic
action plans (organizational, personal and family and
school-community, in order to overcome those barriers and thus make
The Global Tolerance vision statement a reality.
activities in the classroom appeared to be very effective and
interesting. Having studied the proposals of the Secretary-General’s
Committee on the UN we find them to be very useful and worked up a
classroom curriculum. In order to compare, analyze, summarize and
explain the results of guestionary lists, we organized some
seminars, special classes and role-plays under the title Tolerance
the unique value.
of the work with the students we have chosen was “The quality of
your life depends on the quality of your thoughts”.
What did we
asked the students about?
of tolerance of differences they have noticed at school or in
people tolerated less than others?
were really popular, would people be more likely to tolerate that
of things can we say to ourselves so we can have more tolerance of
history, social studies or literature unit we asked students to
identify a character that is different than they.
understanding, we asked them to write a short story as if they were
that person, explaining the beliefs and reasons behind the
up the students with someone with whom they did not usually work.
Had their interview each other.
students to state prejudiced or meant things they had heard and
quickly listed those on a poster board or the blackboard. Then asked
the students to generate remarks that could be said in response-
remarks that offered a more tolerant view but yet were assertive and
“cool” (neither aggressive nor wishy- washy.)Examples were: “Yes, it
would not be such a neat world if we were all clones. “What would
you do if you were in her place?
A couple of
volunteers were asked to model the responses when the students were
analyzed the results of guestionary lists, oral presentations of the
children and adults, the compositions and creative proposals of the
students we realized how much is a positive influence of such
studies on the intellectual and moral development of the students
and teachers. Tolerance as a unique value is closely connected with
the other important ones as Cooperation, Freedom, Happiness,
Honesty, Humility, Love, Peace, Respect, Responsibility, Simplicity,
and Unity. Following the values with the Tolerance in mind, heart
and soul will not leave the Future behind.