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 Gabriel Ng from Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road):
Q: How was your overall experience at the Peacemakers Conference 2018?
Going into the Conference, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I had learnt a lot more in the three days than I actually thought I would. It was an eye-opening experience for me as I learnt how to mediate and also managed to meet new people and forge some friendships. I am glad that I was given the chance to go for this Conference and hope that the experience will be great for the next batch of attendees.
Q: What was the most unforgettable part of the Conference for you?
Throughout the Conference there were many unforgettable moments, such as my first mediation experience or even bonding with people from other schools. However, what stood out most for me was the tour of the Supreme Court on Day 3, where we were given the opportunity to see the ins and outs of the place as well as learn about certain court procedures which I took much interest in.
Q: What is an example of you applying what you learned in the Conference in real life?
While I haven’t had the chance to practice mediation since the Conference, the skills which I learnt through it has definitely helped improve my conversational skills with others as I do feel that I am now a better listener and more patient as a person when hearing others rant or vent out frustrations.
Q: If you could give one piece of advice to the incoming participants of the Peacemakers Conference 2019, what would you tell them?
Honestly just have fun. The Conference is a great learning experience but it won’t be a fun one if you can’t enjoy yourself. Don’t be afraid to make new friends or approach other people at the Conference because in the end it’s all about the experience 🙂
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