For the second segment of our interview series, “Peace Talks”, we are featuring a former facilitator, Jocelyn Koh (third from left):
Why did you choose to become a facilitator at the Peacemakers Conference?
I was first roped in by Aloysius and Sean in 2015 to help organise and facilitate the Conference. I returned again in 2016 to help Sean, who needed support as he did not have sufficient facilitators to help with the Conference. However, as much as I would love to continue helping out for this year’s Conference, I am unable to make it due to work commitments.
How was it like being a facilitator at the Conference?
To be honest, it was actually pretty tiring. As a facilitator, we had to engage with the students, facilitate the conference and judge mediation rounds. That being said, it was personally a very fulfilling experience for me to be able to play a part in educating youths on conflict resolution skills (and watching them grow throughout the conference), and also learning myself from the conference speakers in the course of the various conference sessions.
What advice would you give to the facilitators of Peacemakers Conference 2017?
Go in with an open mind – you would benefit and learn from the Conference in ways you’d never expect. And most importantly, have fun!