iDrive Student Advisory Board |Take Initiative: Teens, Technology & Tolerance
Are you looking for even bigger ways to promote Tolerance in your school, community, and even the nation and the world? Join the iDrive Student Advisory Board on the issue of Teens, Technology and Tolerance and to expand this movement nationwide!
Here are some questions to get your wheels turning:
- How tolerant is your school campus? Your local community?
- Do you have a story to share that would promote tolerance, respect and dispel misconceptions?
- How might you use technology to promote tolerance and respect?
Now that you have a clearer idea of why this issue is important to you, here is some information from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) regarding ways to promote Tolerance. Use these five points to determine how you will design your initiative.
- Laws – Human rights laws protect people from discrimination and hate crimes. Enforcing laws helps to protect citizens and to prevent people from taking justice into their own hands by resorting to violence. How might you improve the laws in your community, state or country that to better protect people from intolerance?
- Education – Fear of the unknown and lack of knowledge contributes to intolerance. How might you educate others to address intolerance?
- Access to Information – Misinformation may lead to misconceptions. How might you expose misinformation online? How might you help people to become more media literate?
- Personal Awareness – “Am I a tolerant person? Do I stereotype people? Do I reject those who are different from me? Do I blame my problems on ‘them’?” How might you help others become more personally aware of their own perspectives?
- Local Solutions – What are the specific issues that you have observed or experienced at your school and in your community? How might you promote tolerance and respect?
Now that you have identified your direction, here are some ways that you can take action!
- Host a school assembly or event:
Get together with a club or a group of friends and ask a teacher or administrator how you could have your school organize an event promoting tolerance. If you got the support of teachers and administrators, you could potentially hold a full-blown assembly. But there are other ways you could also make an impact, like something as simple as a booth at lunch where you could promote your cause.
In addition, consider reaching out to local elementary and middle schools. It might be easier to teach younger kids, and it could even be more effective: encouraging young people to be tolerant can help establish an open mindset for the rest of their lives.
- Organize a Peaceful Demonstration:
Promote respect for diversity by inviting students of all backgrounds to gather together in harmony during International Day for Tolerance. Here’s an idea: “A Walk for All Walks of Life.”Not only would this bring the community together for an exciting day of unity, but it would also raise awareness of the importance of being open-minded and accepting to all people.
- Facilitate a Roundtable Discussion:
Dispel misconceptions about stereotypes common among your student body. Invite students to attend the Roundtable Discussion to get access to information versus misinformation! Do some research and ask teachers, friends, parents, and more if they have connections to experts and keynote speakers. Otherwise, don’t be afraid to contact potential speakers yourself. Most of them will be eager to help young people spread a message of tolerance.
Hey there, Agent! Don’t forget to capture photos and videos of your initiative and share with the iDrive community!
Note: Respect other’s privacy rights. Get permission from anyone featured in photos and videos. Be sure to follow school technology and social media guidelines. Approval from your school administrator and parents may be required.
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