Artwork of the Week 46

Benhura Dominic Joy Springstone 2005JOY BY DOMINIC BENHURA
 The artwork Joy depicts three children dancing together joyfully. The artwork opens a huge spectrum on ideals of developing values of togetherness as well as tolerance at a young age. This is because children interact with people of different ethnicities, religions, and cultures at schools and playgrounds, which makes it

important that they learn to work together, understand and appreciate others as they are.
This week on the 16th of November we celebrate the International day of tolerance. This day is meant to generate public awareness of the dangers of intolerance. This celebration advocates for the drafting of new legislation when necessary to ensure equality of treatment and of opportunity for all groups and individuals in society.
Discrimination and marginalization,along with outright injustice and violenceare common forms of intolerance. Education for tolerance should aim at countering influences that lead to fear and exclusion of others, and should help young people develop capacities for independent judgment, critical thinking and ethical reasoning. The diversity of our world's many religions, languages, cultures and ethnicities is not a pretext for conflict, but is a treasure that enriches us all.
People's and identities have mingled, engendering richer, and more complex cultures with multiple identities developing over the years of human existence. Using the living testimony of world heritage sites, we can show that no culture has ever grown in isolation, and that diversity is strength, not a weakness.

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