Nonviolence Trained Social Workers Spread Peace in Nagaland, India

Children are Exhorted to Intervene in Conflict SituationsPeace Channel Students Nagaland

Peace channel organized a day programme at Trinity High School, Thahekhu Village Dimapur on the 6th May 2017. The purpose of the training was to incapacitate the students to learn how to intervene in conflict situations in their own way in family, community and institutional conflicts when it happens.  Speaking on the Occasion Fr. C.P Anto, Director of Peace Channel said that Trinity High School has been setting a new trend in women empowerment it was nice to see that 99% of the teaching faculty were female candidates. Moreover, your students have been contributing for a positive change in working together to create a peaceful society. While addressing the students he also stressed on the importance and methods of peer mediation in schools and communities.  Peer mediation is both a process and programme, where students of the same age-group facilitate resolving disputes between two people or small groups. This process has proven effective in schools and communities. The youth have to play pivotal role in bringing change where ever they are. They have to be taught to resolve conflict in their lives, families and educational institutions and make them the messengers of peace in the conflict situations and prevent them in getting in to violent conflicts. The process of peer mediation makes the youth to  improve self-esteem, listening and critical thinking skills, and enhances the school climate for learning, as well as reduce disciplinary actions and fights.

He also said that peer mediators do not “make decisions” but rather they work towards a win-win resolution for both sides in order to avoid further trouble or escalation of conflicts. Their main duties in the process of mediation is to develop a core group of adults within school community to carry out and model the mediation program, oversee the selection of its members, training, motivation, debriefing of mediators, keep records and report regularly to all communities/stakeholders, work together to overcome attitudinal and structural resistance with their institutions, developing and maintaining support from strategic groups, including teachers, parents and community leaders. They are also taught where and how they can intervene, issues related to social media, domestic violence, relationship difficulties/harassment, rumors and gossip, cheating and stealing, gang fight, racial and cultural confrontations, vandalism, classroom or extracurricular disputes, bullying, minor assaults and fighting. Thus, the ultimate objective of all the peer mediators of peace club members is to make the educational institutions, communities and families a place of peace and promote  harmonious living among all, he added.

The program was attended by 150 students and their various performance added colour to the event. Mr. N.T Abraham the headmaster welcomed the gathering and Miss. Arti the peace club coordinator proposed vote of thanks. The days’ session was ended with the Peace Channel Anthem.