Do you want to learn how to teach your children tolerance? At Agora International School Barcelona, where we are very aware of it, we give you the keys to it
“Respect for the ideas, beliefs or practices of others when they are different or contrary to one’s own”. This is how the Real Academia Española defines the word ‘tolerance’ in its second meaning. Something which is very present in the foundations of the educational model we offer at Agora International School Barcelona and which we teach families to instil at home.
“Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms; it shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups,” reads Article 26.2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Therefore, all education should advocate tolerance and aim to inculcate it in all pupils equally, so that in the future they will be engaged and empathetic citizens. Tolerance of differences has become the most serious challenge for present and future society. That is why one of the essential characteristics that define us as an educational centre is to achieve an objective of a moral nature; in other words, we aim to educate free, democratic, critical and tolerant citizens. All of this from an integral perspective of the human being.
In a practical way, our students collaborate in different local solidarity initiatives, in order to develop solidarity, they work on multilingualism from the first levels of education, as well as internationality through linguistic immersion; something that teaches them to know, understand and tolerate different cultures. And, as if that were not enough, Globeducate organises international events every year in which pupils from all over the world, from different schools around the world, come together. These events are designed to allow students to share their knowledge in an atmosphere of healthy competition and to exchange their projects and solutions. In this way, apart from all of the above, they also become familiar with teamwork
In addition, we include in our educational model the learning of music and expression, something that in addition to having numerous benefits on their cognitive development, also contributes to knowing what teamwork means. Something they also learn through sport (which is very present in our school life).
Education in values or how to educate for tolerance
Education in values is one of the educational pillars of the Agora International School Barcelona model, precisely because of its relationship with education in tolerance (among others).
“Through education in values, children acquire certain standards of living that will help them to perpetuate themselves as men and women of positive actions that contribute to the improvement of the society in which they live,” says Revista Pensamiento Libre.
That is why at our school we instil values education in each of our students so that they become upright, respectful and responsible people, with a mature attitude in any area of their lives. Among other things, we are committed to teaching commitment, empathy, respect and responsibility, so that students are able to contribute to building a better world through mutual understanding and intercultural respect.
Sustainable Development Goals 2030
If we want to work on tolerance, we cannot forget respect for the environment. It is important to remember that today’s students will be tomorrow’s citizens and, therefore, we must teach them to take care of what is and will be their home. To do this, the best way is to set an example: families should adopt as their own the habits that they intend to instil in their children, and that we as a school intend to do.
At Agora International School Barcelona we do this by committing ourselves to the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. What are they? They are 17 interconnected global goals designed as a model to achieve a better and more sustainable future for everyone.
These goals were signed on 27 September 2015 by world leaders and are aimed at eradicating poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for all as part of a new agenda. Each of the goals has specific targets that should be achieved in the next 15 years. They are: end poverty, zero hunger, health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, water, industry, innovation and infrastructure, reducing inequalities, sustainable cities and communities, responsible production and consumption, climate action, undersea life, life of terrestrial ecosystems, peace, justice and strong institutions and partnerships to achieve the goals.
At Agora International School Barcelona, committed to each and every one of these objectives, we have reached agreements with prestigious international organisations, promoting global classroom projects to mobilise our community.