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Games teach young about tolerance
Festival sends message that diversity is what makes everyone specialChildren playing at the festival
- Konradus Epa, Jakarta
- July 5, 2011
Basketball, coloring, fishing, football, and snakes and ladders were among various games offered by the Community of Santâ€™Egidio at the festival entitled â€śCountry of the Rainbow.â€ť
Nearly 500 children of all ages attended the event at the Desa Putra Orphanage in Lenteng Agung. They came from several groups managed by the community â€“ a charitable and evangelical Church lay association -- such as the â€śSchool of Peace.â€ť
The School of Peace offers a family-like environment to support young people in their scholastic efforts. It also helps families with child-raising tasks and proposes an educational model that promotes solidarity with the less fortunate and enables children to overcome social barriers and discrimination.
â€śIn this festival, we offered the games to encourage everyone to develop tolerance and recognize the differences among them,â€ť Eveline Winarko, coordinator of the Santâ€™Egidio community in Indonesia, said.
Good values such as a love of peace, unity and diversity as well as tolerance should be instilled in their minds, she said.
â€śThis is in line with the goals of the Country of the Rainbow movement,â€ť she added.
Games were chosen as a way of developing tolerance since they involve a great deal of interaction which helps highlight differences among them, she continued.