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International Day for Tolerance

On the day of its fiftieth anniversary, 16 November 1995, The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted a Declaration of Principles on Tolerance. Among other things, the Declaration affirms that tolerance is neither indulgence nor indifference. It is respect and appreciation of the rich variety of our world's cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. Tolerance recognises the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others. People are naturally diverse; only tolerance can ensure the survival of mixed communities in every region of the world.

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Activity Options

Research Project

What is the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance? Prepare a research paper and discuss the principles and why they are important in society.


What is global citizenship? Why is it important and how does tolerance and human rights factor into being a good global citzen.

Talking Points
  • Why is International Day for Tolerance important?

  • What does tolerance mean and why is it important?

  • What are some ways you can show tolerance in school?

  • Discuss the principles of Diversity and Inclusion.


There are plenty of tools and ideas to help your students get involved in International Day for Tolerance. Click below to access them.

Presenting your Aussie of the Month during International Day for Tolerance

​To help present the award, you could invite:

  • A leader of a local Ethnic Communities Council or Multicultural organisation

  • The mayor of your community

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