Peer mediation is problem solving by youth with youth. It is a process by which two or more students involved in a dispute meet in a private, safe and confidential setting to work out problems with the assistance of two trained student mediators.
The aim of this process is:
- to lead discussions towards a solution which both sides are happy with in order to avoid further escalation;
- to improve the overall school atmosphere.
Benefits of Peer Mediation
- Reduces disciplinary measures
- Reduces the number of conflicts
- Empowers students to learn to resolve disputes by themselves
Peer Mediators, Committee and Coaches:
The Peer Mediation project is operational since September 2010.Peer Mediation in the European School has an elected committee which , with the help of Mrs. Raymakers and Mrs. Verlinden, runs the project throughout the school year. The Peer Mediation Committee - composed by peer mediators - leads a group of about 65 students of year 4, 5 and 6. Each mediator followed a solid training program for 3 weekends organized by the Luxembourgish government. All the mediators received a mediator’s diploma. The students are supported by 2 trained coaches: Ms. Raymakers and Ms. Verlinden (educational advisors).
The Peer Mediation group
The Peer Mediation Committee
Peer Mediation in the European School has an elected committee which , with the help of Mrs. Raymakers and Mrs. Verlinden, runs the project throughout the school year.
The coaches Mrs Raymakers and Mrs Verlinden
How to Contact 'Peer Mediation'?
Students who want more information about peer mediation or who need a mediation can:
- contact the educational advisor of their year
- go to the mediators during the permanency
- • contact Mrs. Raymakers or Mrs. Verlinden personally or by email (listed below)
- • fill in the document ‘Demand for Peer Mediation’ and hand it in to their educational advisor, to a mediator or to a coach.
Two peer mediators will be present in the peer mediation room D104 every TUESDAY and THURSDAY during the short break ( 11h10 to 11h25). They will talk with you or have a mediation with you to inform you, to talk with you or to answer your questions.
Peer Mediation Rules (provide a productive communication)
- We are all there voluntarily and everything stays between us. It is all confidential.
- We agree to take turns speaking and not interrupt each other.
- We agree to not blame, attack or engage in put-downs and will ask questions of each other for the purposes of gaining clarity and understanding.
- We agree to listen respectfully and sincerely try to understand the other person’s needs and interests.
- We will speak up if something is not working for us in mediation or if we feel the mediator is not being impartial as to person and neutral as to result.