Peer mediation the best to transform conflicts in Colleges and institutions: Fr Anto

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Dimapur, November 9: While training the peer mediation training of trainers, Director of Peace Channel Dr. Fr. C.P.Anto said that Peer mediation is one of the ways to resolve and transform conflicts in the educational institutions and communities respectively. The main objective of the training was to enhance skill and techniques in peer mediation, develop confidence and leadership qualities of the peer mediator trainers. The Training of trainers was headed by the Director Peace Channel.
During his session he stated that Peer Educator is a trained volunteer who educate his/her friend individually or in a group to develop a greater understanding of certain issues to bring positive behaviour change. It is important to have peer education as it instills a sense of pride and loyalty in the mind of young people, empowers the peer by sharing of knowledge and skill development.
Stressing on the topic he stated that the core concept of peer education in providing correct information, capacity building of individual to understand issues building team spirit, providing equal opportunities for participation and by creating more peer educators.
Emphasizing more on the concept of peer mediation he added that, peer mediation is a communication process in which the individual with a problem work together, assisted by a neutral third party to solve the problem. Peer mediation is both a program and a process.
During his session he stressed on the six step model of peer mediation process. The first step is to agree to mediation, make introduction and state ground rules. Step 2- gather information from both the conflicting parties by asking each party to explain what happen. Step 3- focus on common interest, determine and summarize the shared interests. Step 4- create options, brainstorm solution and ask the disputants on what can be done to resolve the problem. Step 5- evaluate the options. Step 6- create an agreement, write up an agreement and have disputants and sign it.
The four basic principles of peer mediation are neutrality, self-determination, confidentiality and voluntary consent. In his concluding remark he highlighted on some of the advantages of peer mediation i.e., resolves individual conflict, teaches an individual with essential life skills, motivates an individual to resolve conflict collaboratively and increase self-esteem of an individual
The training program was followed by the role play, practicum session which was enacted by the peace animators on individual conflict and institutional conflict which was facilitated by the trainer.
The trainees have decided to cover 20 educational institutions like colleges and universities in Nagaland by training peer mediators to resolve conflicts by the peers in the colleges, education institutions and communities.
(Page News Service)