Problem: Two boys, George and Issa, put a bug in Shireen’s hair.
Intervention: Bisan and Giselle see Shireen crying. They learn the reason. Then they bring the two boys and Shireen together for a peer mediation session on the playground benches.
Resolution: George and Issa apologize to Shireen. They promise not to do it again.
Result: Two happy boys join a soccer game. One satisfied girl now laughs with her friends.
Scenes like this—where fifth-grade students help solve their peers’ problems—are now a typical occurrence on the playground at Talitha Kumi in Beit Jala, a school of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land.
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