Mediation. Peer-to-peer.

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Greetings! If you read this appeal, I understand that you are interested in our project. You were intrigued what mediation is. The answer is simple: it is an effective way of resolving conflicts.

I ‘m Demchuk Svitlana Viktorivna, the deputy director of the educational work of the secondary school №6 of the city of Sievierodonetsk, Luhansk region. I head the mediator team at our institution. Our team consists of initiative, persistent, positive students and teachers.

The idea of our project “Mediation. Peer-to-peer” is to create a separate study room of mediation, where the School Service of Understanding (SSU) “Peer-to-peer” will be arranged.

This study room will help us to improve the efficiency of our work and get rid of our attachment to the study room and the schedule of classes. Today our room is in a regular classroom, which makes it impossible to engage in mediation in full. We need a separate study room. To do this, we need partition the hall with metal-plastic structures.

The study room of mediation is a modern space, on the basis of which we will conduct:

  • Mediation meetings;
  • Circle of conflict resolution;
  • Circle of decision making;
  • Training sessions for students, teachers and parents.


Within the framework of our project, the following events are planned:

  • Information event “Mediation. Peer-to-peer”;
  • Casting and questioning of new students wishing to become mediators;
  • Training “Basic mediator skills” for new students- mediators;
  • Round Table (Opening study room of mediation) “Mediation – A Step to Reconciliation”.

What we have already done:

  • Received support from students, colleagues and parents;
  • Opened the School Service of Understanding (SHSP);
  • We conduct restorative practices – mediation of peers, the Circle of decision making, the Circle of reconciliation.
In this project we came with a team of professional mediators-teachers and senior pupils. We already have a multimedia complex. We have implemented the following projects:
  • Creating a School Center of Understanding “You Are Not One” with the support of the All-Ukrainian Foundation “Step by Step”;
  • “Mediation in Action” (Contest of Small Grants “Time of Good Ideas” with financial and technical support of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Our story is “Mediation. Peer-to-peer” began in 2015 when I attended a training course on mediation in Kyiv which was organized by the public organization “La Strada-Ukraine”. Five days of the training are the days of immersion in work, communication with interesting people, sometimes misunderstanding, but constant admiration for the new method. Since then, I and mediation are together. To say that I was carried away by it – is an understatement.. XXI century is the century of new technologies, and, consequently, modern communication. Each of us perfectly understands that living in our time means to be able to solve any conflict situations by peaceful ways. And here mediation is a helper for us. Mediation is a step towards reconciliation and a mediator is an intermediary in resolving conflicts. It was a difficult task to bring information to colleagues, students and their parents that today mediation is a modern method (restorative practice) that will come to our aid. Hooray! They believed me!

But I’m not used to stop at that. The next step towards the implementation of mediation was the realization of a dream – the opening of the School Service of Understanding (SSU). SSU is a team of trained students-mediators that help their peers to resolve conflicts peacefully using method of “peer to peer” and restorative practice such as peer mediation, the Circle of decision-making, the Circle of Reconciliation. They work to create a safe atmosphere in an educational institution. They believed me and the students- mediators too, because children are more likely to trust their problems to their peers.

This year our teachers-mediators Zemlianska O.Yu. and Goncharova A.O joined to our team. It means that our work will live for a long time.

The project “Mediation. Peer- to- peer ” will be developed and improved in the future, as far as today some students dream of linking their favorite affair with the future profession.

  • What we need

    Cost, UAH


    Amount, UAH

  • Manufacture of metal-plastic construction with a door with mounting in mind

    52 500


    52 500

  • Fee and administration fee GoF*



    7 500

  • Total:



    60 000

* — If after payment of all the listed goods and services money will be left, they will go to support the statutory activity of NGO “Center for innovative education ‘Pro.Svit’.

Our team is sure that the future is for mediation! Communicate effectively, resolve conflicts peacefully!

The project was developed within the educational program «Eastern Meetings» and with the support of the UCBI II Project that is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in 14 cities of Donetsk and Luhansk Regions. In the case of the successful Crowdfunding campaign of the authors, the project will be co-funded in the amount of 25 000 UAH.

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