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Peace Talks – Shreya Raman

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 Shreya Raman from Raffles Girls’ School:

 

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

At first I was bit apprehensive to go for the Peacemakers Conference as I was afraid it would be very challenging for me. However, I am very glad that I pushed myself to go for this because I have learnt so many invaluable things. The facilitators brought us through it very smoothly and easily so it was very easy to understand. I really enjoyed it as I got to interact with students from other schools and make new friends along the way.

 

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

The most unforgettable part would be the competition rounds. After we were taught the process, we were able to put it into practice by playing the roles of both the mediators and parties, while getting feedback from professional mediators. These were not only informative but fun as well.

 

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

When conflicts arise, while doing group work in school, it could escalate into a huge argument. Using my new-found knowledge and experiences from the roleplay scenarios, I can mediate between my groupmates and help them reach a resolution from which both parties can benefit.

 

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

Go in with an open mind and don’t be afraid to try new things and step out of your comfort zone because there will be a lot of guidance from the facilitators and the new friends you will make. It is a really fun and beneficial journey so just make sure to have a blast and carry this knowledge with you to the real world!

 


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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.

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