As a part of its Model United Nations program, the Walworth Barbour American International School (WBAIS) offers a Conflict Resolution Program to provide a unique opportunity for students throughout Israel to receive training in conflict resolution skills in a neutral, highly professional setting.
Each year, professional conflict mediators conduct an intensive 45-hour training program for 20-25 students in grades 10-12, ideally representing a broad range of backgrounds (Israeli, Arab, and international) who might otherwise never have the opportunity to come together and share their perspectives.
Unlike the more traditional Model United Nations experience, students in the Conflict Resolution Program do not pretend to be diplomats who represent a country addressing pre-determined issues. Rather, they represent themselves. The issues discussed are the issues that the students decide are the most important to them and their lives in Israel.
The purpose of the program is not to lead the students into taking any particular position or adopting any particular perspectives; instead, they are taught skills for listening and communication and techniques to better understand their own beliefs and positions, as well as those of others.
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