Things have been rather quiet in the library lately, as Rwandan schools are currently on holiday following an exam period that has kept children busy and away from the library for a couple of weeks!
Before students left for vacation, we were able to host two Peer Mediation Training workshops for 5th graders from two local elementary schools. Over the course of two two-day workshops, we trained approximately 60 students in the basic of Peer Mediation. Using a series of games, role plays, and lessons, we laid the foundation for understanding conflict and facilitation of its resolution. Students were taught about the importance of mediation, escalation of conflict,  mechanisms for effective communication, and mediation techniques. These skills were practiced and honed under the tutelage of four facilitators with backgrounds in mediation. While we hope to conduct more advanced training with these groups, we believe that these students are prepared to begin to establish themselves as mediators in their schools.