Source: (2004) Paper presented at the Third Conference of the European Forum for Victim-Offender Mediation and Restorative Justice, â€œRestorative 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 Má²©a
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:
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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