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Nurturing the democratic debate.  
05-03-2003 4:00 pm Paris – How can we prevent conflict situations among young people? That is the question which participants in the conference “Mediation and Youth” will try to answer, at UNESCO Headquarters on March 7 (2 to 6 p.m., Room XI), by examining the different conflict situations that young people can experience, and the ways to intervene to avoid violent and tragic outcomes.

Mediation is a tool, an educational method, which enables young people to resolve conflict in a non-violent manner. This method can be applied at school by teaching children to understand others, to “put themselves in the other’s place”. It can serve to create alternatives to penal sanctions when charges have been brought. It can also help individuals in particularly difficult familial or professional situations.

The conference, organized jointly by UNESCO, CIME (Communication & Mediation) and CMFM (Centre for Mediation and Training in Mediation, France), will provide an opportunity to discuss mediation with young people and its application in different contexts, in and out of school. John Daniel, Assistant Director-General for Education, will be present at the opening of the conference. Speakers will then share their experiences and best practices, and outline the impact that mediation can have on young people’s perception of their future.

Presentations will include: Adolfo Ceretti, Professor of Crimonology at the Law Faculty of the University of Milano-Bicocca’s, who will talk about his experience of mediation with juvenile offenders between 1988 and 2002. Bertrand de Villeneuve, teacher and mediator, director of the CMFM’s juvenile mediation and reparation centre, will discuss the need for education in the reconciliation of parties in conflict. Christian Comes, principal of the Collège Claude Monet, will recount how he set up a “help centre” in a school reputed to be difficult, and a mediator student will talk about his experiences.

Daniela Schwendener, mediator, trainer and member of CIME, will talk about the role of mediation in integration and support programmes involving people on welfare. Last but not least, teacher training in mediation will be discussed using examples from Hungary and the Balkans.


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Source Media Advisory No. 2003-17


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