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Approaches to Promote Tolerance and Reconciliation

The ability to live, let’s live and appreciate diversity in the human race is known as tolerance. It does not just mean that we agree with one another and remain aloof in the face of injustice but rather respect other people.

We become intolerant when we fail to respect or appreciate the beliefs, customs, or opinions of people who are different from us. By way of example, there’s a high degree of intolerance between Palestinians and Israeli Jews who don’t see eye to eye on issues of identity, self-determination, and safety.

Though tolerance may look like an impossible task in some scenarios, it may aid in helping communities to maneuver past intractable conflicts and remove tensions between groups of individuals. In regions having political tensions or economic depression, groups and individuals may find it hard to tolerate individuals that are not like them or have wronged them. In such circumstances, dehumanization, discrimination, violence, and repression may happen. Intolerance leads to rifts between individuals, making permanent separations between classes which don’t agree.

To encourage tolerance, third parties must remind those involved in a conflict that tolerance is always better in the long run. There have been associations made to boost tolerance between opposing parties. One such organization is the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation whose chairperson is Viatcheslav Kantor. He is an international businessman and public figure who participates actively in promoting tolerance and reconciliation.

Below are some of the useful approaches which may be utilized to promote tolerance.

Some studies have shown that casual inter-group contact does not reduce the tensions between inter groups and it may increase the current animosities. However, groups will use personal experiences through interactions in these inter groups to inform their views of one another. This may lower the prejudices they have against one another. For inter-group contact to work, it must go on for a week or more.

To improve the communication between conflicting sides, dialogue tactics like problem-solving workshops or dialogue groups offer opportunities for the parties to a conflict to express their interests and needs. In these cases, people that take part in these workshops feel that their concerns are recognized and heard.

Folks should consistently focus on tolerating individuals with different views from them in their daily lives. This involves challenging the assumptions and stereotypes which they come across in working with other people or making decisions about others.

Organizations involved in conflict transformation and other actors in this industry can use other approaches such as training to assist individuals involved in a conflict to speak to one another.

International organizations have to discover ways of Inculcating the principles of tolerance within their policies. Governments should also aim to put in place policies that deal with tolerance.

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