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Throughout the week, students grew more and more emotionally invested in serving as leaders in their own countries. It was easy to see the students’ sudden “a-ha!” moment, when the theory, or “DNA” as John aptly describes it, crystalized for each of them.

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By facing myriad moments of crises, random complications, and at times, negative consequences of their decisions, the children evolved into dedicated leaders of their nations. Utlimately, all of the nations’ teams threw themselves into earnestly working to negotiate a non-violent, final resolution. As it should follow in reality,  the children of the 2015 Emmerdorf WPG demonstrated willingness to open-mindely look for conflict avoidance. Yet again, a lesson taught by the kids, to many adults who never learned, or forgot the crucial life skill of first working to broker peaceful outcomes, with violence as a last resort.

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