Balancing the Books: Working Toward Equality in Schools
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In 1995, the Member States of UNESCO committed to promoting tolerance and prominently featured education as a means to do so. With greater awareness of how education profoundly influences learners’ chances for success in adulthood, the importance of ensuring educational opportunities for all students has received greater attention (Meyer 2014). Despite this rising...
Education for tolerance should be considered an urgent imperative; that is why it is necessary to promote systematic and rational tolerance teaching methods that will address the cultural, social, economic, political and religious sources of intolerance—major roots of violence and exclusion. Education policies and programmes should contribute to development of understanding, solidarity and tolerance among individuals as well as among ethnic, social, cultural, religious and linguistic groups and nations. (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Declaration on Principles of Tolerance, 1995).
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