Tolerance means the ability to tolerate something. It is about appreciating the views and opinions of the different individual. Children can develop their tolerance skills by listening to other people’s views, respecting each other, showing patience, understanding the needs of others and showing appreciation of everyone’s differences.
Teachers live and work in diverse communities and have friends who are different from themselves in some or in many ways. They teach the children to respect others and they demonstrate tolerance in their everyday life. It sends a powerful message and as a result, children learn to appreciate differences too.
Tolerance also means rejecting unfair stereotypes, discovering common ground and creating new bonds. When teachers encourage a tolerant attitude in their children, they talk about their values and mould the behaviour they would like to see by treating others well. Kids will also follow in their footsteps.
– Swabhi Parmar, Rajeshwari Rathore and Prakash Dangi
The Fabindia School, Bali