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Hand in Hand
16 January 2017

“Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.” – Mahatma Gandhi.
Under the theme “Sharing the Planet”, KG3 learners were introduced to the term “conflict” and the reasons behind it. At the beginning, they listened to various stories about conflicts and their impact on relationships among people. The learners inquired about the causes of conflicts and people’s perspectives towards them. Gradually, they learned that conflicts may happen in their daily life, which could impact their relationships undesirably if not resolved. Bearing this in mind, they demonstrated responsibility to maintain peaceful relationships as they practiced different methods that could enable them to calm down and think about appropriate solutions. The learners were also responsible while taking into consideration the feelings of the people involved in a conflict, which has developed their concern about the feelings of others. Believing in the role of the parents in resolving their children’s conflicts, we invited them to the school to discuss various conflicts that their kids were introduced to at school earlier. The parents were thrilled with the techniques presented by their children at school, and some were surprised because they never knew about their kids’ conflicts. Others were pleased because they found a way to end up a certain problem that they knew about and couldn’t find a solution for it before. That conference made parents more aware of their children's emotional, social, and educational needs, and thus more confident in their parenting skills. As for the kids, they got closer to their parents and desired to maintain a healthy relationship with them. They also got to have a helping hand with them to resolve their conflicts and get rid of them. In the future, they will have better problem-solving skills that could help them improve their lives as teenagers, and later, as adults. At the end, since conflicts are annoying, kids wish not to have them in their lives. That's why educators, parents, and the children should work hand in hand to resolve conflicts, and who knows, maybe we may resolve our problems while resolving theirs too!


Darine Yassine - KG3 Homeroom Teacher