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 Gwen Cheng (front row, leftmost) from Commonwealth Secondary School:
Q: What made you sign up for Peacemakers Conference 2016?
Peer Support Leaders from Commonwealth are required to attend this conference. Since I am a PSL, I attended the conference. This was the first ever PSL event/activity that I was involved in 🙂
Q: How was your Peacemakers experience and what was most memorable about Peacemakers Conference 2016?
Looking back, my Peacemakers Conference was amazing. Although I felt that I could not exactly apply the lessons in school, it did give me a lot of insight about the little things that mattered like body language, word choice etc. Peacemakers Conference is unique as it fills a gap that society has – it makes the participant focus on reason and logic. As the name of the conference suggests, we’re trying to spread peace through communication and make effective use of communication to breed a more tolerant and accepting society.
My most memorable experience will definitely be the tour at the Supreme Court. We learnt a lot about the different courts, procedures, rules and more. It was not exactly applicable but it is incredibly interesting. What’s more, with law students/ mentors (mine was Shen-nen) who are more than willing to share as much info as possible with you, the experience is definitely eye-opening.
Q: What advice would you give to participants of the Peacemakers Conference 2018?
Three long days will seem boring and exhausting, but surprisingly information gained will always remain. Enjoy yourselves and spam as many questions as you can, because this may be the only time you’ll ever get such strong information on mediation and advice about our growing society. All the best!
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