Peace Child International (PCI) was awarded a grant to develop a new conflict resolution project, Constructive Communicators, in 40 secondary schools in Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire. A London school, in which Constructive Communicators was piloted, reported a transformation in attitudes and behaviour after three months of working with PCI. Incidents of violence dropped in the year group, academic performance improved and there were significantly fewer exclusions reported.
Over the three years PCI will develop two programmes with Year 9 and Year 10 'Ambassadors' who will go on to teach their younger peers listening, self-expression and conflict resolution skills using activities and drama in workshop sessions which they will co-devise. Ultimately the project aims to enable participants to take control of difficult situations, gain an insight to their own responses and those of other people and recognise alternatives to anger and conflict in schools and communities.
Individual and community impact: By embedding Conflict and Communication Ambassadors in schools, PCI hopes to make a difference to individual students, their families, schools and communities, leading to better engagement at school, easing transition and also reducing levels of truancy.