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Mentoring is a worthwhile investment
‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.’ Margaret Mead
More than twenty years of experience in the Nightingale program has convinced me that mentoring has a positive impact and supports children in their development. A mentor can serve as a supportive person, promoting learning and play a role of helping a child to access their rights by taking the child´s view; showing respect and treating the child with dignity.
But it is also an opportunity for both to meet others – often different from themselves, which gives them an opportunity to see each others as individuals and not as spoke persons for particular religious – or ethnic groups. And I am convinced that meetings can change attitudes quicker than information ever can, cause when bonds of friendship are sealed prejudices often fall away
Highschool students in Sweden still remembered what it meant having a mentor. Ten years later they talk about how their voices have been heard and experiences of participation are a prominent theme.
This can’t be read in a book
Mentoring is individual learning opportunities – a chance to break into each other’s lives and thinking. For students it is a unique possibility to gain new knowledge and insight into children’s different lives and living conditions.
Thank you to all partners working in the Nightingale concept, enabling more than one thousand children and mentors to get together every week in Europe. Meetings where two persons are engaging in various activities together and learn from each other – a win-win concept.
In the Nightingale concept a university student acts as mentor – a significant adult to a child. What do they do together? What do they learn? What impact do they have on each other?
Are you curious and want to know more? Or start a Nightingale program. You are welcome to contact us.
Carina Sild Lönroth
The executive manager