In our interview series, entitled “Peace Talks”, we speak to peacemakers with different backgrounds and life stories, and ask them to share their thoughts and reflections.
This edition of “Peace Talks” features Tan Hui Yun from Hougang Secondary School:
Q: How did you feel about the Peacemakers Conference 2017?
I felt that the Peacemakers Conference was one of the most meaningful events I’ve ever experienced as I learnt a lot about mediation! I also managed to make new friends, and even had the opportunity to work with them. I really loved the Conference as I got to enjoy and learn at the same time!
Q: What was your favourite part of the Conference?
I loved the competition rounds because they were really interesting. We got to practice our mediating skills, and also got a chance to role play. The judges even gave us constructive feedback for improvement, making the overall learning experience extremely meaningful.
Q: What is an example of you applying what you learned in the Conference in real life?
As a leader, discussions are common, and I often face situations where disagreements would lead to conflicts. After the Conference, I became more aware of both parties’ thoughts and facial expressions when dealing with conflicts, and I am also better equipped at resolving such arguments. I learnt that it is important to avoid being subjective and one-sided when facing such situations, and most importantly to always remain calm. I became more confident when solving conflicts between my peers, and also managed to come up with solutions for them.
Q: If you had one piece of advice for incoming participants of the Peacemakers Conference 2018, what would it be?
Try to step out of your comfort zone and mix around! As you’ll be grouped with people from different schools, bonding with them will guarantee you a better learning experience.
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