Today is Harmony Day and the theme is -Sport ( “play, engage, inspire.” )
It recognises the important role and positive influence that sport has in our
multicultural nation. Involvement in sport whether as a participant, volunteer,
spectator or administrator unites people of all ages and fosters a sense of
belonging, acceptance and an understanding of other cultures.
Harmony Day is celebrated on 21st March in Australia and is managed by the
Department of Immigration and Citizenship. It is intended to celebrate the
cohesive and inclusive nature of Australia and promote a tolerant and culturally
Harmony Day began in 1999, coinciding with the United Nations International
Day (for the elimination of racial discrimination),
it is an opportunity for everyone to come together.
We live in a multicultural country and to embrace people’s differences is a great
way of showing respect and appreciating each other. We can learn so much
from each other by listening and being open to ideas.
It was announced on Insight (SBS television) that our government is thinking of
implementing an anti racism strategy. I think they should start with schools and
education- at a grassroots level, so children learn at a young age, the
importance of tolerance and embracing different cultures. Then the focus
should progress to our media, TV and films, making sure diversity is adequately
represented because children look up to role models on television, so they feel
they belong and are part of society.
All in all, this is a good start and together we can achieve “harmony” and
tolerance in our society by working “together!”