Juba teachers trained in conflict resolution

Juba teachers trained in conflict resolution
Teachers drawn from different schools pose for group photo in Juba. [Photo: courtesy]

At least 25 teachers from different primary and secondary schools in Juba were trained in conflict resolution.

The training was organized by the Whittaker Peace Initiative and it focused on conflict mediation, leadership, human rights, identity, and emotions.

The program coordinator, Bush Buse, stressed the importance of the training to enable the teachers to know how to handle conflicts, especially among students in the schools.

“It is good for teachers to handle conflicts because sometimes there are cases of conflicts in school.

“Teachers are the frontline workers; they are the very people who handle conflict issues whether in the communities or in the schools.”

“Transferring knowledge to another person or a young person is already an achievement, it is a great thing. This is what the teachers are doing, and as a result of that cases of fighting have reduced drastically,” Bush said.

He noted that building the capacity of the teachers on conflict resolution, would be able to prepare the young people who are the majority for a better future.

Satimo Alhaj, the education representative from Central Equatoria State Ministry of Education, applauded the initiative.

He stressed that once teachers are well-trained, they will act as pillars of peace in the communities

“You are the ambassadors of peace, you are the problem solvers in the communities, being it in the towns or villages, you are the peacemakers,” Alhaj said.

Whittaker Peace Initiative targets to train about 490 teachers on conflict resolution and 250 already received the training last year.