Embracing the Year of Tolerance

GEMS Education has set the goal to record 15,000 acts of kindness by the end of December.

2019 was proclaimed the Year of Tolerance to highlight the UAE’s role in encouraging peace and stability in the Middle East and beyond. But tolerance is not easy to define, so GEMS Education schools were asked to determine tolerance the way they see it.

Schools are expected to do initiatives individually which range from hosting students from different schools, discussing different cultures, and having assemblies that highlight different cultures and nationalities within the school.

As a collective initiative every school in the network has dedicated bulletin boards in the school to capture all the acts of tolerance that anyone experiences. “Every month schools will tally the number of acts that have been witnessed – either inside or outside the school – to add to the total to reach the goal of 15,000 acts of kindness and tolerance by December,” said Deema Alalami, Vice President – Arabic & Islamic, GEMS Education.

She added these activities range from sitting with someone from a different nationality and sharing their lunch, inviting friends to celebrate their birthday in accordance with their culture, and creating packages for those less fortunate.

For the remainder of the year schools will continue to participate in the Year of Tolerance, recording acts across their classes, during school activities, with their parents, and in the greater community.