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Commendations for the EMU Promoting School Project
Andy Pollak, Religious Affairs Correspondent with the Irish Times.
"I believe that The EMU Promoting
School Project is one of the most exciting and innovative initiatives
I have seen in Irish education, North or South, in a long time.
Its conflict mediation model engaging primary school children
will have applications far beyond Northern Ireland's particular
and peculiar situation."
Dr. Stephen Ryan, Peace and Conflict
Studies, University of Ulster, Magee College.
"I have been involved with the
EMU Promoting School Project since its conception from the Quaker
Peace Education Project. I strongly believe that the work the
action research project conducts has benefited the communities
of Northern Ireland and its significance in the international
community should be realised."
Professor Seamus Dunn, Director of
the Center for the Study of Conflict, University of Ulster at
"The EMU Promoting School Project
as an action research project at the Centre for the Study of Conflict
is an extremely valuable flagship because of its uniqueness and
innovative work. It is a leading organisation in the field of
promoting conflict understanding and non-violent means of resolving
disputes in education. EMU Promoting Schools Project's strong
reputation has outgrown its expectations. An indication of this
is the project's intention to address the involvement of parents,
and also developing programmes for younger children."
Belinda Hopkins, Reporter with Mediation UK
"I have been greatly inspired over
the years by the work Jerry and his team in Northern Ireland have
been doing in developing peer mediation schemes in schools in
some very difficult areas."
The Former President Mary Robinson, Republic of Ireland.
"The EMU Promoting School Project
at the University of Ulster has been working on peer mediation
programmes which are not only important in schools but throughout
the wider community. Mediation is important internationally and
has the potential to reach settlements which would otherwise go
unresolved. I am particularly impressed that the art of mediation
has transcended into the school system by the EMU Promoting School
Karen Gilpin, Primary 7 Teacher,
Ballysally Primary School.
While citing her involvement in the
work of the EMU Promoting School Project, she described her experience
as a "real privilege" and stressed that it had "made
a difference to my attitude towards teaching".
Dessie Hasson, Principal of Ballysally
Dessie Hasson has noted that the work
carried out by the EMU Promoting School Project in partnership
with his school has "had a powerful effect on the teaching
and learning taking place in the school" and views peer mediation
as "an excellent alternative means of resolving conflict."
Sarah, P7 Student at Ballysally Primary
"From peer mediation I have learned
that everyone has good in them and we should value that if nothing
else. Also, I have learned to co-operate and build up relationships.
I never knew I had so many good qualities.
Linton Campbell, P7 Student at Ballysally
"I really enjoyed going to the
mediation workshops. I learned that you need co-operation to
mediate. I used to be scared to go up in the front of a crowd,
but I am okay now."
"I was extremely impressed by Colm
and Jane's calm and reasonable way of handling the issues and
helping the two protagonists to come to an agreed solution. I
do hope you succeed in getting peer mediation to be taken up by
post primary schools. It does seem extremely valuable in a variety
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