Analysis of data from the 2014 Afrobarometer survey shows that Ghanaians are highly tolerant of people of different religious faiths, ethnicities, and nationalities (and to a lesser extent of people living with HIV/AIDS).
Even though some believe that their ethnic group is at least “sometimes” treated unfairly the figures confirm that Ghanaian citizenry are more tolerant compared to other nationals.
This high level of tolerance is a strength that those who would fan ethnic and religious intolerance should respect for the sake of the country’s peace and stability” – Afrobarometer Survey, 2014
The Programmes Manager of the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD) Tamale office, Mr Paul Osei-Kuffour who stated this in commemoration of the International Day for Tolerance, observed that the situation however could be improved upon.
The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in a statement says: “On the International Day of Tolerance, let us recognize the mounting threat posed by those who strive to divide, and let us pledge to forge a path defined by dialogue, social cohesion and mutual understanding.”
In 1996, the UN General Assembly (by resolution 51/95) invited UN Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November, with activities directed towards both educational establishments and the wider public.
This action followed on the United Nations Year for Tolerance, 1995, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 at the initiative of UNESCO, as outlined in the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance and Follow-up Plan of Action for the Year.
The 2005 World Summit Outcome document (A/RES/60/1) furthered the commitment of Heads of State and Government to advance human welfare, freedom and progress everywhere, as well as to encourage tolerance, respect, dialogue and cooperation among different cultures, civilizations and peoples.