Chinese Delegation Visits Harris County Department of Education
HOUSTON – The Harris County Department of Education announced that a delegation of 20 Chinese school officials will be touring the department March 10 to learn about Harris County’s Partners in Peer Mediation program.
The program fosters peace in school through the mediation process. Students train in peer mediation and solve personal conflicts between peers without adult intervention.
“We are excited to share this conflict resolution program, which is offered free to all the schools in Harris County,” said Karl Boland, director of the Center for Safe and Secure Schools, the Harris County Department of Education division that administers the program. “We hope our international visitors are able to model this successful program with their own students when they return home.”
The Chinese delegation visits the United States each year, focusing on a central topic of study, explained David Guo, president of Global Unisource. Global Unisource is a service provider that connects China and U.S. leaders to promote understanding of government and business cultures in both countries.
Partners in Peer Mediation began in 1994 when local courts became packed with disputes. Since then, thousands of students have learned to mediate peacefully and furthered cultural understanding in the process. The program is funded by Harris County government, and training is free to any public school in Harris County.
For more information on the program, go to www.hcde-texas.org.
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