Source: (2004) Paper presented at the Third Conference of the European Forum for Victim-Offender Mediation and Restorative Justice, “Restorative Justice in Europe: Where are we heading?", Budapest, Hungary, 14-16 October. Downloaded 24 May 2005.

The Family, Child, Youth Priority Non-Profit Association contacted our school in 2000 through MᲩa Herczog, one of their co-workers. She had been looking for a good place (institution) to try out a new method of conflict managing system. She chose our school, because there are and have always been "drop-out" students. Drop-out students - with behaviour problems mainly. The basic principles of my school are as follows: Humanistic approach, Managing conflicts in an open way, Treating students as equal co-workers. All the teachers were ready to accept, to study and to apply this new system, so the Association organised a training for us to become facilitators. From the year after we started to build in this restorative view in a progressive way into the education of our first year students. At the same time, we started to apply the method in real conflicts, to manage real cases. I thought that students would rather turn to somebody else for help at their age, rather than to a teacher. Therefore I organised a "face to face" SIG [special interest group] and started to train students with strong motivation to become peer facilitators. (excerpt)

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