Junior Mediators in Italy – A project running in its 5th year
WMO (World Mediation Organization) – Istituto Sommeiller: project on “Junior Mediators” training, an international partnership to introduce teenage students to mediation, life-approach and to its core principles.
WMO and Istituto Tecnico Commerciale “Germano Sommeiller” share a common initiative since 2014. Istituto Tecnico Sommeiller is an ancient technical high school in Turin, Italy (www.itcssommeiller.it/).
A former Italian Republic president (Luigi Einaudi) was a member of Istituto Tecnico Sommeiller teachers team, meanwhile another one (Giuseppe Saragat) had been graduated here. The common initiative has the target to introduce high qualified students to mediation life-approach and to its core principles.
Istituto Tecnico Sommeiller considers mediation as a fundamental educational skill for its students, useful in their future working life as a new approach to conflicts, allowing them to understand that to file a case in a court is not the only solution available. Moreover, the acquisition of negotiating abilities will give its students a competitive advantage in the job market. Last, but not the least, mediation will help the construction of a peaceful environment in the same school.
The project come to existence mainly thanks to the efforts of WMO Fellow (Ph.D. Ermenegildo Mario Appiano), and of a former Istituto Tecnico Sommeiller teacher (Prof. Cristina Armano).
The “Junior Mediators” project is an integral part of Istituto Tecnico Sommeiller programs. It’s open only to selected students, who will be teach deeply about negotiation and mediation. To be admitted, students have to show a real interest to mediation and should have good results in their general school career. A final exam will check the results reached.
“Junior mediators” training (40 hours) is focused on the following subjects:
- understanding conflict, responses to conflict, sources of conflict communication skills, the role of the mediator, the mediation process.
- bias awareness, social/cultural diversity, advanced communication, uncovering hidden interests, dealing with anger, caucusing.
A new future begins at school. Having said this, it is clear that we create our common future by investing in our children. Wake up and dedicate your time with the peacemakers of tomorrow.