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Initiative For Peace

2022.09~2023.06

Initiative for Peace (IFP) invites all Grade 11's interested to join and experience an intensive programme covering leadership and facilitation skills. The programme also deals with the theoretical aspects needed to gain an understanding of what can lead to conflict or peace.

Initiative for Peace (IFP) invites all Grade 11's interested to join and experience an intensive programme covering leadership and facilitation skills. The programme also deals with the theoretical aspects needed to gain an understanding of what can lead to conflict or peace. IFP works towards building links between our students with youth from countries who are undergoing or have gone through conflict. The goal is to work together to achieve sustainable peace in their communities.


 

Today’s activity was about constructing two countries, Jahs and Kays. Kay was a country that had plentiful resources, while Jahs were a country that lacked those resources and the methodology as well. I was a part of Jah and basically there was an argument between Jahs and Kays. The greatest reason would be that there was a lack of communication in between Jahs and Kays. While Kays thought of Jahs as just a poor country that needed help, Jahs with their history with neighbouring countries, they wanted to become an independent country on their own. One hardship that I felt was that I don’t think that I have been on either side so that I did not know how to react when we had an argument in the middle. I did not realize how people would have normally reacted with Jah’s background context. Through this experience, this helped me understand what exactly we need to prepare for the conference. Just giving the people resources would not work and we would need to help them in the ways they want to create a successful conference. 


 

During today’s activity, our group presented a mini conference of what we would do when we teach other people about peace. Our group’s main theme was about anchoring bias and halo effect. Our group’s goal was to talk about how to judge things fairly, as we thought that there are so many misconceptions that are lying in this world, and one way of getting close to peace was to understand those misconceptions and try to judge things more clearly. One activity that we created was drawing our definition of hippos. We have printed out various photos of hippos so that when we grouped people together people would have a discussion of their view of hippos. I think that the theory part was okay, but then we could have changed the activity so that there was more inclusion in the activity as many were easily bored. 

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