The influence of a social media onslaught on today’s youngsters is having a devastating impact. From
online bullying and sexual harassment through to gang recruitment and radicalisation, the dangers of being
on line are real across the world.
In addition to the Rotary International Presidential Citation 2012, Jean Best has been awarded a United Nations Peace Medal in recognition for her work in Peace Advocacy for 2017.
Through her involvement with Rotary as a Peace Officer, in collaboration with her husband Keith and The Peace Centre in Bradford, she developed peace conflict resolution strategies with second level students.
Jean Best has been involved with education for over 38 years, first as a teacher in England and then moving on to Head Teacher in Scotland. Now retired, Jean has more time to spend in Rotary and is Peace Officer for District 1020, where her husband Keith was District Governor during 2011/12.
During this time, Jean became increasingly more aware of the growing problem in our society, as our young people come to terms with living in the 21 st century. She has developed a programme of Peace Advocacy, which is being used to train students as Peace Advocates in their schools. Her programme is global, having been translated into Spanish and German and presented in Scotland, England, Mexico, USA, Australia, Germany and now Ireland