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Teach Tolerance, End The Violence

Written by Vina Dina Fitriana, Content Writer Intern Project Child Indonesia

Have you listened to a song titled Heal The World? If you’ve never listened to that song, then you’re definitely missing out! It’s a peaceful and heart-warming song, written and sung by Michael Jackson to persuade the listeners to create a more peaceful world with compassion and tolerance between religions, ethnicities, and countries.

Tolerance is the key to creating a peaceful and safe environment for the human race. Tolerance between religions, ethnicities, and countries are important to prevent discrimination and civil war. How many cases of bullying occur because someone is perceived as different? How often is an ethnic or race being discriminated because of their skin color, religion, or because of the past mistakes of their ancestors? Those who are different and a minority because of their ethnic, religion, skin color or appearance are frequently bullied and treated unequally.

Bullying and discrimination are not a new case, but why haven’t they been resolved?

“Tolerance, like any aspect of peace, is a forever work in progress, never completed”

-Octavia Buttler

Tolerance is a forever work in progress because humans are social creatures who need each other and always live side by side. So, we need to be tolerant since we were young until we become elderly and it’s become necessary to teach tolerance from a young age in order to make children get used to being tolerant, because tolerance is an important behaviour and attitude. According to Rady Children’s Hospital’s page, tolerance means respecting and learning from others, valuing differences, bridging cultural gaps, rejecting unfair stereotypes, discovering common ground, and creating new bonds. Children need to be given the understanding that The Creator created humans in a wide variety and always live side by side. There are many possibilities for them to meet friends who are different from them, and they need to accept the diversity.

We can teach tolerance to children by giving examples of how to live with tolerance. Children learn by imitating and listening to people around them. Hence, we urge ourselves to be tolerant first and pay attention to our attitudes or what we said, so we could be a role model for our children. Moreover, with the development of technology, we can teach children through books, music, films or games. If it’s possible, we can prepare children to live side by side with a diverse environment by sending them to schools which have many ethnicities and religions. Perhaps it could be a good idea if we can choose two or more children as a representative to lead a peer group discussion about tolerance and remind each other as Project Child Indonesia did.

“We do not need guns and bombs to bring peace, we need love and compassion”

-Mother Teresa

It’s already 2021, the diversity among us is getting wider. While things are dynamic and fast, there is no need to point a gun to make others obey us, no need to use violence to make others agree with our opinion, and no need for hate speech to tell someone is wrong. What we need is mutual understanding, love and compassion for others to create peace.

Isn’t it great to live peacefully? Live with the feeling of safety and sound to grow and develop according to what we want, believe, and what we truly are. No matter where we are from, what race we are, how much money we have, what religion we trust, we are one. We are human. Together we bring peace to our universe, we create a safe place for our children to grow up and be themselves. We don’t have the capacity to judge others and tell them they did wrong. Let’s embrace cultural tolerance and make the world a better place to live.

Picture by: Era.id

International Day of Peace : Fight the Common Enemy

Written by Nindy Silvia Anggraini, Content Writer Intern Project Child Indonesia 

In the international world, for realism, there can be no such thing as world peace. Why so? Because in truth, the state is like individuals who have their interests. Debates, disputes, and even enmity will be very difficult to avoid when talking about interests. Even so, calls for peace have never stopped being intensified by various parties including the state, international organizations, NGOs, and even civil society groups. Therefore, the United Nations has set September 21 as the International Day of Peace.

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. Two decades later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire. The United Nations invites all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities during the Day and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace. With the commemoration of this world peace day, some hopes will continue to grow in the international order. The view on the day of peace invites world citizens to interpret differences in interests as a gap to create peace, namely by filling in each other’s void, not overthrowing one another. The theme raised by the United Nation this year is “Shaping the Peace Together”. Once again, every year peace movements were launched.

Talking about the relationship between the theme of the 2020 international day of peace and what the world is experiencing now, one straight line can be drawn. Since the end of 2019 until now, almost all countries in the world have been overwhelmed by the problems surrounding the spread of the coronavirus. Like a “common enemy”, the coronavirus has become an invisible enemy that all countries want to bring down without exception. Not without reason, this virus causes many problems in various sectors in affected countries such as in the health, economy, education, and many more sectors. All countries both large and small have fallen, without exception. Sounds bad right? But look at the other side. With the existence of this coronavirus pandemic, it seems that the countries in the world are one step closer to the word peace, even though in reality these words are still very far from being achieved. The existence of common interests, obstacles, and state concentration due to this pandemic has resulted in a lot of cooperation between nations in various sectors, especially health and the economy. The world needs countries to hold hands and get back on their feet against the invisible enemy, the coronavirus.

Reference 

https://www.un.org/en/observances/international-day-peace#:~:text=The%202020%20theme%20for%20the,the%20face%20of%20the%20pandemic.&text=Join%20us%20so%20that%20we%20can%20shape%20peace%20together.

Peace in Trying Times

Written by Graciella Stephanie Ganadhi, Content Writer Project Child Indonesia

Since 2017, UNESCO has been celebrating the International Day of Living Together in Peace. The day is celebrated in its relation to the UN 2030 Agenda: achieving world peace. For years, we have been living in constant fear of acts of hatred, tensions, rejection of others, and discriminations. Most of the time, economic issues and technological differences are the cause of the actions.

In Indonesia, we have not achieved the peace and tolerance that every individual should have experienced. There is an unseen tension between ethnic groups, religious groups, and political groups. Moreover, the wide social gap between social classes creates huge obstacles for us to overcome. Riots and demonstrations were not an uncommon practice. As citizens, sadly, we also have gotten used to displays of hate speech, hate-motivated bombing, and many more crimes that were committed as an act of hatred. It will take all of us, as Indonesian citizens, to eradicate this tension and to fight against those kinds of hate.

In this trying time, as a global citizen, it is time for us to build our tolerance and empathy. Desperate times call for desperate measures, right? It will be challenging to create and maintain peace in society, moreover, with how diverse we are as a society. Though nothing is impossible. Babies were not born with hatred, they grew up to be a hateful person because of the influence of society. If we believe that everyone is inherently good, peace in society could be achieved. Tiny differences should not be the dividing force between us. 

This is the perfect time for us to pursue peace as an individual and a society. There will be more challenges such as economy difficulties, chaos in our daily life, and changes in technology. But, those challenges will only make the results sweeter, won’t it?