Elizabeth Wee

Peace Talks – Elizabeth Wee

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 Elizabeth Wee from Holy Innocents’ High School:

 

Q: How was your overall experience at the Peacemakers Conference 2018?

It was a very eye-opening experience for me as I had never attended any similar Conference like Peacemakers before. Overall, I really enjoyed the Conference, especially the competition we had in the last 2 days. It really allowed me to experience the real character of being a mediator, as well as put myself into the shoes of others to see what different scenarios they might face. I learnt a lot from it. Of course, I also interacted with leaders from different schools!

 

Q: What was the most unforgettable part of the Conference for you?

The most unforgettable part was me experiencing being a mediator. I might not be good at it but having the chance to get into the character of a mediator really made me feel like mediation was my profession and that I was really solving a problem for the two parties.

 

Q: What is an example of you applying what you learned in the Conference in real life?

Having the experience to be a mediator taught me the different values and qualities I had never found in myself before, for example being empathetic towards the parties. In real life, there are many times we need to empathise with different people’s problems. The Conference made me realise that when put into a stressful situation, I can be empathetic towards others and help them to talk it out instead of giving my own solutions to solve their problems.

Another example is having patience. When faced in a situation where someone is being repetitive with their words, I need to have patience in order to calm the person down and allow the person to open up slowly. This can be used in real life as there are many times where we need patience in the things we do, be it teaching others or when we are with our friends. Even when we face an obstacle that we can’t overcome, we need patience to allow ourselves to work harder and strive better. Sometimes trying once isn’t enough, thus you try again. And if you fail again, give it another go.

 

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to the incoming participants of the Peacemakers Conference 2019, what would you tell them?

I would tell the incoming participants to enjoy themselves and make good use of the 3 days during the Conference. Take away something or even try something new cause that’s what I did! There are many other school leaders there so take this opportunity to know how other schools run things and make friends with them 🙂

 


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As Singapore’s leading peer mediation experts, Peacemakers has an extensive track record of managing and delivering conflict resolution training for youth at both local and international levels. If you would like to train your youth to better manage conflict, let us know how we can help via email at mediate@peacemakers.sg.

Gabriel Ng

Peace Talks – Gabriel Ng

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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As Singapore’s leading peer mediation experts, Peacemakers has an extensive track record of managing and delivering conflict resolution training for youth at both local and international levels. If you would like to train your youth to better manage conflict, let us know how we can help via email at mediate@peacemakers.sg.

Carlyne Li

Peace Talks – Carlyne Li

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 Carlyne Li from NUS High School of Math and Science:

 

Q: How was your overall experience at the Peacemakers Conference 2018?

It was a really memorable and enriching experience for me. Meeting peers with a common goal of learning how to mediate effectively, and learning skills that could be used in everyday life make me treasure those 3 days well!

 

Q: What was the most unforgettable part of the Conference for you?

The most unforgettable part of the Conference was when I received the first case study of the issue that I had to mediate. I was really anxious and nervous as it was my first time mediating. However, one of the facilitators saw me looking stressed and came over to tell me not to worry. I can’t remember the exact words she said, but she told me to be calm and treat the mediation like I was talking to my friend. In the end, the advice really did help and I, together with my teammate, had a lot of takeaways from the session!

 

Q: What is an example of you applying what you learned in the Conference in real life?

It would definitely be mediating small arguments between peers. Helping them reach a resolution that both parties are satisfied with gave me a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment, and I’m really thankful to be given the opportunity to learn all these skill sets through the Peacemakers’ Conference!

 

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to the incoming participants of the Peacemakers Conference 2019, what would you tell them?

Be inquisitive and don’t be afraid to try! The facilitators are really friendly and approachable, so use this opportunity to ask as many questions as you want and learn as much as you can! 🙂

 


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As Singapore’s leading peer mediation experts, Peacemakers has an extensive track record of managing and delivering conflict resolution training for youth at both local and international levels. If you would like to train your youth to better manage conflict, let us know how we can help via email at mediate@peacemakers.sg.

Asher Ang

Peace Talks – Asher Ang

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 Asher Ang from Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road):

 

Q: How was your overall experience at the Peacemakers Conference 2018?

I had an enlightening experience at the Peacemakers Conference 2018 as this was the first time I had ever heard of mediation. It was well planned and filled with engaging activities, including multiple chances to simulate mediation scenarios and an excursion to the Supreme Court. I also found the facilitators to be very friendly and helpful in sharing advice and pointers to help us along the way. Any participant who attends the Conference is sure to benefit!

 

Q: What was the most unforgettable part of the Conference for you?

Simulating a real life mediation session would definitely be the most unforgettable part of the Conference for me both as a mediator and the disputing parties. It can be very entertaining to see how others deliver their given roles in the simulations especially when the disputing parties make it difficult for the mediators – it’s even more fun to be one of the disputing parties! But it was at this point that I learnt the most. By observing how other students handled the same situation, and discussing our difficulties and how to better manage them (and listening to the facilitators’ feedback), I improved my own mediation techniques and mediated more effectively to help my parties come to a common agreement.

 

Q: What is an example of you applying what you learned in the Conference in real life?

In the Conference, I was taught how to control my attitude, body posture, and facial expressions in order to make the parties feel more comfortable and willing to share. I have used this to my advantage in real life when others confide in me or are seeking my advice. I can make myself look more open and trusting to give them a safe space to share with me. Without even uttering a word, you can convey volumes of information to others.

 

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to the incoming participants of the Peacemakers Conference 2019, what would you tell them?

Enter the Conference with an open mind, mix around with others and try to make the most of this unique opportunity. If you are interested in Law, there are plenty of friendly facilitators who I’m sure will be happy to talk to you about what they know. Do also remember to enjoy yourself!

 


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As Singapore’s leading peer mediation experts, Peacemakers has an extensive track record of managing and delivering conflict resolution training for youth at both local and international levels. If you would like to train your youth to better manage conflict, let us know how we can help via email at mediate@peacemakers.sg.

shayne

Peace Talks – Shayne Phee

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 Shayne Phee from Raffles Girls’ School:

 

Q: How did you feel about the Peacemakers Conference 2017?

It was a really unique experience as I really enjoyed getting the opportunity to learn and hear from law students themselves and mediators in the workforce! It was enriching to be able to learn the proper and professional way to deal with conflict – something that I’ll not be able to learn in the classroom!

 

Q: What was your favourite part of the Conference?

My favourite part was during the simulations where we either got to act as totally unreasonable people in conflict or act as the mediators trying to intervene and make peace. For one, it was very fun being as unreasonable and angry as I wanted haha! On a more serious note, at the end of the day it was very fulfilling to have the chance to put what I had learnt to the test. When my friends tried to give me a hard time during the simulations, it was actually fun and enriching to be able to practice handling relationships and conflicts. It really taught me a lot about myself and about resolving conflicts, which can come in handy in life.

 

Q: What is an example of you applying what you learned in the Conference in real life?

Sometimes when planning for events, stress overcomes us and that’s when tension starts to build up. Two of my close friends involved in planning for our school carnival had some differences and misunderstandings. This led to them arguing over the words they said that might have hurt each other and the way that things should be run. Using the mediation skills that I had learnt from this conference, I managed to put myself in both their shoes and play the role of the mediator to encourage them to talk it out. They managed to resolve the matter peacefully, and still remain close friends now!

 

Q: If you had one piece of advice for incoming participants of the Peacemakers Conference 2018, what would it be?

My advice to the participants would be to keep an open mind and to not be afraid to ask questions. I remember due to my curiosity, my friends and I kept asking a lot of questions. Some of our questions even stumped the speaker haha! It can be quite awkward at first, but it is only through clarifying your doubts that you can really learn and explore outside the box.

 


For more pictures and videos of the Peacemakers Conference 2017, please visit the Peacemakers Facebook Page.

As Singapore’s leading peer mediation experts, Peacemakers has an extensive track record of managing and delivering conflict resolution training for youth at both local and international levels. If you would like to train your youth to better manage conflict, let us know how we can help via email at mediate@peacemakers.sg.

xinyu

Peace Talks – Sia Xinyu

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 Sia Xinyu from Raffles Girls’ School:

 

Q: How did you feel about the Peacemakers Conference 2017?

I stepped into Peacemaker’s Conference 2017 expecting to learn nothing more than the basic mediation procedures, but actually stepped out with a whole new bank of knowledge about so much more! It was a fulfilling experience that I am extremely grateful to have been given, and I know the participants of this year’s Conference will enjoy it as much as I did!

 

Q: What was your favourite part of the Conference?

My favourite part would definitely have to be meeting new people and learning from them. As we were split into different groups, we all had to chance to interact with students from different schools. Listening to my groupmates’ opinions really helped to broaden my horizon as I heard from viewpoints I would have never even thought of. Of course, interactions include making new friends and I’m thankful to have been placed in a really friendly group (shoutout to gwy, jingyi, farzana, emily and hong jun!) right from the beginning ( ´∀` )♡

 

Q: What is an example of you applying what you learned in the Conference in real life?

It would have to be between my team members of a project, and what made things complicated was that they were both close friends of mine. The process was not easy at all, and what one of the presenters shared during the Conference last year will always stick with me: “It’s always the hardest mediating for people you care deeply about”. It’s very true, but we also have to remember that a simple “I understand” can go a long way in detangling a conflict.

 

Q: If you had one piece of advice for incoming participants of the Peacemakers Conference 2018, what would it be?

Open your eyes, ears, and most importantly, heart! Don’t be scared of the Conference because there’ll be many helpful and (really) cheerful facilitators around to guide you, so just have fun and learn as much as you can ~ All the best! ( •̀ᄇ• ́)ﻭ✧

 


For more pictures and videos of the Peacemakers Conference 2017, please visit the Peacemakers Facebook Page.

As Singapore’s leading peer mediation experts, Peacemakers has an extensive track record of managing and delivering conflict resolution training for youth at both local and international levels. If you would like to train your youth to better manage conflict, let us know how we can help via email at mediate@peacemakers.sg.

dawnlok

Peace Talks – Dawn Lok

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 Dawn Lok (centre) from Raffles Girls’ School:

 

Q: How did you feel about the Peacemakers Conference 2017?

Peacemakers Conference was really enriching! Apart from it being a good mix of hands-on and theory, what I liked the most about Peacemaker’s Conference 2017 was that whatever was taught was really applicable and useful! I was able to apply the mediation skills when a group seemed to be under a dilemma (I wouldn’t call it a conflict but there were differing views!), and that helped to effectively solve the problem! It also taught me to be more observant to what others say and uncover the message (interests) they are trying to bring across, and help them with it if possible! The Conference was truly a gem!

 

Q: What was your favourite part of the Conference?

I really enjoyed the mediation “trials” we had! Even though it was nerve-wracking and stressful, but it was where I really learnt to make meaning out of what I’ve learnt in the theory sessions. Being able to get out of my shell and “fight it out” with my peers from other schools was really memorable too!

 

Q: What is an example of you applying what you learned in the Conference in real life?

As part of my role in my leadership board, I had to oversee a group for them to plan a training session. Midway through the planning, however, they faced some problems with deciding how the session should be structured. I was originally unsure of how I should tackle this situation, but I remembered what was taught in the Conference! So I got them to lay out their opinions, as well as why they hold them. From there, they were able to see how both opinions could complement each other, and in the end, they managed to integrate both ideas!

 

Q: If you had one piece of advice for incoming participants of the Peacemakers Conference 2018, what would it be?

It would be to truly immerse yourself in the experience, and come with an open heart to learn! Even though it may seem to be a dry and unrelated Conference, trust me it’s not! The skills are really transferable, and you’re a lucky one to be selected/appointed to join this Conference! :))) So pay attention during the theory sessions, understand the concepts, try your best during the mediation trials, learn from your peers, and most importantly, enjoy yourself! Have fun! XD

 


For more pictures and videos of the Peacemakers Conference 2017, please visit the Peacemakers Facebook Page.

As Singapore’s leading peer mediation experts, Peacemakers has an extensive track record of managing and delivering conflict resolution training for youth at both local and international levels. If you would like to train your youth to better manage conflict, let us know how we can help via email at mediate@peacemakers.sg.

huiyun

Peace Talks – Tan Hui Yun

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.

 


For more pictures and videos of the Peacemakers Conference 2017, please visit the Peacemakers Facebook Page.

As Singapore’s leading peer mediation experts, Peacemakers has an extensive track record of managing and delivering conflict resolution training for youth at both local and international levels. If you would like to train your youth to better manage conflict, let us know how we can help via email at mediate@peacemakers.sg.

bhoomi

Peace Talks – Bhoomi

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 Bhoomi from Chua Chu Kang Secondary School:

 

Q: How did you feel about the Peacemakers Conference 2017?

It was the first time I attended something like that. To be honest though, I was excited but superrr scared on the first day, especially when I found out that my friends and I were split into different groups. But after we got into our groups, the fun we had was immense. Peacemakers definitely taught me a lot of things every single day. I don’t think the values and skills I learnt here can be taught anywhere else. Every moment of this conference was one the best times I have had.

 

Q: What was your favourite part of the Conference?

My favourite part was when we went for the competition rounds and our skills were put to the test. I think that was the best type of assessment I have ever had. The acting I got to do when I was playing a party, and the laughter that I had to hold in when I was mediator because the parties were putting up a fantastic show, were AMAZING!

 

Q: What is an example of you applying what you learned in the Conference in real life?

There were times where I had to face friends who were in deep conflict because of things that happened in Secondary 1, which they only decided to bring up and fight about in Secondary 4. Since I am good friends with both of them, I knew what I had learnt at the Conference would come in handy then. I was able to stay neutral and hear out both of their views, then I helped them in unfolding each of their situations so that both of them could be able to see each other’s perspectives too. Although they are still not best friends today, I am glad that they now acknowledge one another with a smile when they pass by.

 

Q: If you had one piece of advice for incoming participants of the Peacemakers Conference 2018, what would it be?

To those attending this conference this year: Don’t be nervous, and be enthusiastic in whatever you do. Be open to learning things you never knew existed, and have loads and loads of fun!

 


For more pictures and videos of the Peacemakers Conference 2017, please visit the Peacemakers Facebook Page.

As Singapore’s leading peer mediation experts, Peacemakers has an extensive track record of managing and delivering conflict resolution training for youth at both local and international levels. If you would like to train your youth to better manage conflict, let us know how we can help via email at mediate@peacemakers.sg.

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