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 Xu Meiting from Raffles Girls’ School:
Q: How was your overall experience at the Peacemakers Conference 2018?
It was an enriching and fulfilling experience. I have gained knowledge and skills that would otherwise be impossible if it were in a classroom setting. The trainers were amiable and understanding during the training sessions and were extremely patient with us when we were unsure of certain protocols. Their enthusiasm and passion greatly influenced me as I spent the few days with them.
Q: What was the most unforgettable part of the Conference for you?
The most unforgettable part of the Conference would be during the mock mediation rounds. All the participants took turns to role-play mediators and parties who were in conflict. This was when we applied what we have learned beforehand and observe the running of a complete mock mediation session. During these rounds, I had the opportunity to interact with other participants from different schools who shared their own opinions and experiences which greatly helped me broaden my perspectives.
Q: What is an example of you applying what you learned in the Conference in real life?
It would be between my team members regarding a project. While it was essential to solve the conflict as soon as possible to ensure a smooth progression of the project, we had to keep in mind that an all-out argument between us might not be the best possible way to settle the problem since it could easily escalate into a more complicated situation. The process was definitely not easily, however, when we began to understand another’s difficulties, we became more forgiving and understanding. Sometimes, two simple words can go a long way.
Q: If you could give one piece of advice to the incoming participants of the Peacemakers Conference 2019, what would you tell them?
Enter with open minds and hearts and be willing to learn from others! Don’t be afraid to approach the trainers for clarifications (or if you just want to have a quick chat with them) because they are always friendly and helpful! And of course, enjoy yourself and learn as much as possible.
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