Zero Discrimination Day - Teach Your Child What Equality Means
Created by Urvashi Shah Updated on Mar 01, 2018
What is Zero Discrimination Day?March 1st will be celebrated as Zero Discrimination Day 2018, an annual worldwide event that promotes diversity and recognizes that everyone counts. The UN first celebrated Zero Discrimination Day on March 1, 2014, after UNAIDS, a UN program on Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), launched its Zero Discrimination Campaign on World AIDS Day in December 2013. Since then, the UN has been actively promoting this day with varied activities to celebrate everyone’s right to live a life with complete dignity irrespective of age, gender, caste, nationality, sexuality, ethnicity, height, weight, skin colour, education, profession and beliefs.
Take up this fortuity to educate your child about zero discrimination for a better world to live in ahead. Children are in awe with the dynamic world around them and can be quite inquisitive about the same. With every observation comes in new questions, sometimes loudly at inopportune moments in regards to differences in skin colour, gender, caste, nationality, language and so on. While these questions can bring some embarrassment to you publicly, you can consider it as a perfect chance to teach your child about respecting and celebrating all people. With this topic being a complex one to teach your child in the modern day, how will you instil the sense of equality in your young one?
Zero Discrimination Day - Teach Your Child What Equality MeansAs challenging it may seem, it is essential to do so and here are some tips for you to flag off-
Be a role model:Home is a child’s first school and a child begins to learn everything from his/her parents who are also role models for their child. Respecting others and celebrating differences in the world begins at home. As parents you can teach and show your child how to embrace diversity by acting and speaking in a way which is in sync with the values. You can avoid making harmless jokes that points out at stereotypes and labelling people based on differences. How you treat others will set an example for your child. Remember that your children are observing everything
Enhance your child’s self-esteem:You need to build your child’s self-esteem as self-confident children are more likely to accept differences, trust their own decisions and not follow the crowd and also stand up for their own right. You need to accept your children for who they are, which will help them believe in their selves, which in turn will help them grow up to be better individuals who will be open to the dynamic world
Expose your child to new experiences:These days it is very common for people to live in communities where their neighbours look like them, belong to similar social circle, have the same religious beliefs and belong to the same economic circle. Thus, you need to push your child beyond the comfort zone and let him/her explore how dynamic the world is, in regards to the range of people, their socio-economic backdrop, religious beliefs, language, dressing and so on. If you don’t live in a diverse area, take your child on a museum visit, some cultural institution or read about diversity in general, which will open up his/her mind and enable him/her to accept the differences and embrace equality
Focus on the bright side:When in public, the best way to answer your child’s questions regarding colour, gender, size, language, dressing and so on can be open and direct as well as polite. When your child points out at differences in the public, you can be direct and tell him/her how different the world is, which is what makes it beautiful. You also need to teach your child that commenting on someone’s appearance will make them hurt or uncomfortable. If must, you can apologize on behalf of your child
Be real:Don’t pretend that differences don’t exist and be direct and real towards your child when teaching him/her. Teach your child to acknowledge the differences and allow him/her to respect the same. Tell your child how different he/she is and how differences make the world beautiful
Teach your child to be polite when questioning or asking about differences as it might hurt others sentiments. Whatever you teach your child, make sure you follow the same as your child will only learn everything that you do and say. So be careful and encourage your child to embrace diversity and spread equality.
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