December Newsletter 2018

2018 12 19

Dear Nightingale friends,

some of you might have noticed we have had some problems with our webpage, but  it is hopefully working now. However I would like you to please check if  everything is correct. Please check your namne, e-mail addresses  and also if the link is correct to your own homepage or to the University pages etc. I have noticed some of your pages are not updated.

The Nightingale manual (updated version) is now also uploaded. You will find it on our webpage. To be able to load it down you have to log in.  

Pair of the months

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Since I haven´t received any mentor-mentee pair of the month I decided to let everyone  be pair of the month! You are all making a tremendous work and deserve all of you  to be the person of the month!
However I hope to get some “pair of the month” in January! 

Partner News


Hi, we are Marie Florence Moufack and Cecilie Ellefsen, and we are the new “Nightingalers” at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, in Trondheim, Norway. We both work as Assistant Professors at the Department of Social Work.

Marie Florence has educational background within social work and sociology, and she has previously worked as a child counsellor. Her research areas concern development of practice studies in social work education, immigration and integration issues in Norway, and child welfare in a minority perspective.

Cecilie Ellefsen has education background within social work, sociology and literary science. Before she started working at the university, she work within community based dementia care and drug rehabilitation. Her fields of interests include pedagogy, development of teaching methods within social work, drug rehabilitation and child welfare

We are both very excited about joining the Nightingale international mentoring program!

Nattergalen- Norway 

Unfortunately Hedvig from the Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and family Affairs in Norway will not  continue  as the  manager of the “Nattergalen team” and as a member of the Network. Instead she will work with research and development  linked to  this organisation. However she want to say goodbye to all of you and send thousands of thank´s to  the Nightingales network for our cooperation over the years. 

We want to thank her for her commitment and wish her good luck and the best. 

Our new member will be Marianne
Warm welcome!

Näktergalen Halmstad 

In Nightingale Halmstad students meet refugees youth. 

It has meant a lot to  Rabi Tajik, Janagha Karimi och Sabereh Rezaei. Here on the library together with their mentor Sara Karlsson.

They have barbequed, made different things together and talked a lot. 
Rabi Tajik, Sabereh Rezaei, Sara Karlsson och Janagha Karimi 

You can read more about the Halmstad project here  ( in Swedish) 

On the page “Network documents & Information” there is a candidate paper uploaded from teachers students in Halmstad with the headline Teacher-empathy and mentoring. You can download it, but sorry …it is only

Nightingale Ghana 

I am happy to say we now have a new Nightingale project in Ghana. David, the project manager has sent us some photos from their Kick-Off event. 


We wish them good luck and look forward to hear more about the progress.


….. soon it is Christmas time and hopefully you will have some free days. 
To  relax but why not read all the interesting research done in our area “Mentoring”!!  😀
Or why not listen to a new NMRC ( National Mentoring Resource Center) podcast series on mentoring research Reflections on Research!  Ioffers interviews with leading researchers and scholars about their youth mentoring research and how practitioners can use that information to improve their work with volunteers and youth. 
First episode is a interview with David DuBois and Carla Herrera about their recent long-term follow-up with youth who were mentored in the 1990s to see how they are now doing as adults.  I really recommend it! Click here to listen. 
There is also  short film clip about mentoring on a Mentoring-website. Maybe something to use as a tool to describe the potential of mentoring or as a recruitment tool. Click here if you are interested. 

Wish you all a Happy Holiday and a the best for 2019!

Newsletter November 2018

2018 10 31

Dear Nightingales,

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BIGGEST thank to you all partners who participated in the Network meeting and our 8th Nightingale Conference in Bodö!
We had two really good and fruitful days together.

On the page: “Network Meetings” you can find some photos from the Network meeting but also some documents as:

* the PPT-presentation Malmö made
* The New Annual Report
* The Network Minutes
*Partners feed-back at the Network meeting.

In the folder: “2018 Bodö Conference”you will find:
* some photos from the Conference
* one PPT-presentations (Viggo Krügers)
*  feed-back from those who participated in the Conference.


We are happy to announce that Nightingale mentoring program now have a page on LinkedIn
It is still a draft and partner feed-back an ideas are very welcome. Would be nice if partners also could put this page as a link on their own LinkedIn presentation to spread the idea of our Nightingale Network.

Next Newsletter

At the Network meeting  we talked about partners sending photos of children and mentors as pairs of the month   – so please send some photos to Carina.

Partner News

Since Barcelona  made their two years as board members we would like to say the BIGGEST thank you!
But we will  also like to present them a little extra by an interview: Rossinyols from  Barcelona!

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How and when did you start your Nightingale mentoring program?

A school in the district of Nou Barris in Barcelona knew the Nightingale project of the University of Girona and contacted the administrations to bring it to their school and neighborhood. The administration contacted us to carry out the project in the city of Barcelona.

During the 2010-2011 academic year we started with a pilot of 7 couples and 3 schools and institutes in the district of Nou Barris and Ciutat Vella, districts with a high migratory rate.

Since then, growth has been exponential for the good reception of the participating educational centers and the administrations. Currently, this year we will collaborate in 16 schools with 74 couples.

What inspired you to become involved in this field?

The nightingale project fits in Servei Solidari vision and values, and we have experience in projects supporting youth people.

Any special key aspects why you have succeed with?

Supporting always the volunteers, with a complete training about mentoring and also answering any doubt or situation that may appears in any moment of the process. Also give some freedom in the choice of activities to do with their couples.The good functioning of the project in recent editions has created stability and a consolidation of the project in the educational centers.

What did you learn from the mentors/mentees about their involvement?

The mentored people delicacy and respect. All the good practices and great ideas that they have in order to connect with the young people.By mentors, knowledge of different family realities, that young people are young, regardless of culture or origin.

What did they learn?

Knowing different environments, finding many common points starting at differences. Self-knowledge for both sides.Practices in the improvement of personal relationships and communicative skills.

What is the prime benefit and problems of the program?

According to two studies that carried out the latest editions of the project by Spora Sinergies Consulting: To the mentees§ The desire to learn is stimulated§ Strengthens your confidence and self esteem§ Linguistic competence is improved§ Approach is made to institutions such as the university and the real possibility of continuing higher education§ Interest in culture is also stimulated in the family environment To the mentors:§ New world visions are discovered and approaches to social problems§ Preparation to live in a multicultural society§ Communicative and relationship skills are encouraged

What is the prime benefit of cooperating in the Nightingale Network? 

Share studies, process designs, good practices and new ideas for improvement.Feeling of relevance in a common project much larger than Servei Solidari Nightingale Project.

Nightingale Ghana

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The 8th September, 2018, they had their  first training session at the Ashesi University in Ghana and the 21 st of October they had their Kick-Off start. We wish them good luck!


First Autumn Newsletter 2018

2018 09 12

Dear Nightingale friends,

it is approaching to our Network meeting and Conference in Bodö, the 10-12th of October.

I am happy to inform that two partner-cities in Spain are registered, two from Sweden, almost all partners from Norway and the  Nightingale´s from Switzerland will come. Only partners from Austria and Iceland could not.
We are looking forward a lot meeting you all.  Bodö says warm welcome to all of you!
Remember it is in the north of Norway – bring warm clothes!

Nattergalen_Mentoring Conference 2018

Now you can upload the Agenda for the network meeting HERE.

As you can see we will meet in the center of Bodö at the hotel: Scandic Havet,
Adress: Tollbugaten 5 ( Tullbo street 5)

We want to show our gratitude and thank Bufdir. Norway who paid for the room for the network meeting!

Partner News


We now have the possibility to take part in the second evaluation by Norway.  Norway evaluation (in Norwegian). NOVA Rapport 2/2018

Evaluering av Nattergalen – en oppfølgingsstudie
By: Jorunn T.Jessen, Tonje Gundersen and Kamila A. Hynek

Over the year (2012 -2017) totally 838 children and students have participated in the Nattergalen programme.
The results show positive learning effects on both children and mentors.
For example:

  • Four of 10 children (36 %) have developed their language ability and more than 52 % have developed their social abilities.
  • The questionnaires also show that participating in the program has increased the student’s knowledge and insights.
    By participating in the Nightingale program eight of ten said they have increased their communications skill and at the same time got better insight into children life and living condition.

New partner Switzerland

We are happy to announce and would like to welcome our new partner Tamina Kappeler,from University of Teacher Education in Zug, Switzerland.


My name is Tamina Kappeler, I’m 33 years old and have just taken over the project management of Nightingale at the University of Teacher Education in Zug. I myself grew up as a third culture kid, moving between cultures within my family and moving to different countries during my childhood and youth. These experiences are probably what drew me to participate in a similar mentoring program during my studies, so I’m really excited to be part of the Nightingale Network in this new role supporting the students and children. I just moved back to Switzerland after working in Bolivia for three years and am currently employed at the Institute for International Cooperation in Education.

Nightingale Linz

Karl Wegenschimmel send greetings to us from the Nightingale in Linz who’s project is steadily increasing. They even got an email from a student who is registered to another  university ( the second University of Education in Linz)  who wrote that he had heard about the Nightingale and  was very interested in becoming a mentor. This can be an opener for many more students, Karl added.

Karls  also wrote that Margit Severa and he ( Karl) will take part in the CARN (Collaborative Action Research Network) conference held in Manchester from 25th to 27th of October. They will present their Nightingale research results regarding this topic “Daring and Doing”. We are looking forward hearing more about this.
Unfortunately they could not come to Bodö…but we wish them good luck!

Pair of the month

it would be nice if partners can send me, Carina, some photos and maybe a quotation or text from one mentor and child in your program, so we can load up different pairs in our network/ Nightingales. That means showing our Nightingale all around the world!
To begin I would like you to meet one pair in Nightingale LSS (a new pilot student where students meet seniors with some disabilities).

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This pair have met since March and will continue to do so until December.
We have done so many nice things together, me and my student, some of them for the first time. For example we have been at the theater and when I told my friends at my accommodation they were really jealousy not having a student to meet like me.

See you in Bodö!


Summer Newsletter

2018 06 27

Dear Nightingal friends,
as you can read in this (but also in other) Nightingale newsletter partners get prizes, make research, delivers lectures etc. but most of you let people that otherwise would not met  meet. Meetings were you talk WITH other instead of ABOUT each other.
Meetings were  mutual learning take place and were you get access to each others life and living  and thinking.

For almost 21 years I have been working with the Nightingale mentoring program in Malmö. But I have also been working with you, some of you for more than 10 years and I am very happy  and proud to have you as partners.

Today schools have to face many challenges but some of these challenges they cannot solve themselves …they need cooperating partners  – Nightingale can be one – supporting children in their own development. 

Also our Universities have challenges to tackle in future society and these challenges need students who have got insight, understand, can reflect and analyze structures in our society.
As Freire once put it:

The fundamental task of the mentor is a libratory task. It is not to encourage the mentor’s goals and aspirations and dreams to be reproduced in the mentees (…) but to give rise to the possibility that the mentee become the owners of their own history. This is how I understand (…) the ethical posture of a mentor who truly believes in the total autonomy, freedom, and development of those he or she mentors


Partner news

Congratulations to Nightingale Linz who was awarded a prize for integration
of the town of Linz in May 2018  

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In the town hall. From left: Then town councilor of integration affairs,
two Nightingale colleagues, Karl, and the town councilor of cultural affairs

“We are very proud of that and see it as an appreciation for our mentor students and their brilliant job they were/are doing.
The project is steadily  increasing. This year we were having about 30 tandems including students from Primary and Secondary Education.
Due to evaluations we see that all persons envolved like to join the project and find it extremely enriching in many pedagogical and educational aspects.”

Letter from Nightingale Switzerland

Our partner in Zug, Switzerland, Mireille will not be working at the Office of IZB and Nightingale Zug any longer but has written:

“Working for Nightingale has always been an extremely impactful experience for me. Our students have learnt a lot about their professional skills in regards of being a teacher in the future. It was very touching for me to see the positive effect of Nightingale on the kids but also on the parents. This year, all the parents were invited to our party at the end of Nightingale 17/18. Some of them told me how much their child has learnt during the course of this program. Especially one boy who was too shy to speak German one year ago, is now so much more confident and he started to enjoy using his newly learnt language. What else could we ask for…?
I wish you all the best in the hope that Nightingale can fly further on for many more years to come.

All my best regards to you and to Nightingale Network international.”

At the same time we want to welcome our new partner 
Tamina Kappeler who will take over the program.

Some summer photos from Projecte Rossinyol


Nightingale Vienna

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will be held in Vienna the 24 – 26 September 2018
Our Nightingale partner Günther Leeb from Nightingale Vienna/Kinderfrunde, will deliver a lecture together with Daniela Gruber-Pruner
Read more here

Ruiseñor Project


Friday, the 1st of June , we celebrated the ending of the course 2017/2018 of our Urretxindorra/Ruiseñor Project.
It was a successful and emotional event where children, students, parents, teachers, members of Institutions, musicians took part with the aim of celebrating the last course and a project that, year after year, connects more and more migrant children and their families with students contributing to their mutual personal and social wellness. See more

New research

A new Interesting research about component of the quality of relationships in mentoring. “A typology of school-based mentoring relationship quality: Implications for recruiting and retaining volunteer mentors”.

Click here and read more about it, or go to the website “Research and development” were you can find more research and articles.


Now I wish you all a nice summer and relaxing vacation, Looking forward meeting you all again in Bodö!

Don’t forget to register to our 8th Nightingale Conference.
The network meeting will be held the 10th of October at 4 o’clock.



The 8th Nightingale Conference in Bodö, Norway

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Save the date the 11-12th of October.

Welcome to the 8th Nightingale Conference in Bodö with the theme “Belonging”

Please read more about it here

Also welcome to the Nightingale Network meeting the 10th of October at 4 o´clock!



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The Nightingale Day the 24th of February was celebrated by:

Trondheim, Norway


In cooperation with the student organization BARIS, the Nightingale of Trondheim arranged a day for the mentor kids and the mentors to be out sliding and playing in the snow. BARIS brought sausages that we barbequed and ate together. The kids seemed to enjoy the day, and so did the mentors. It was a day filled with laughter, sun and a lot of fun in the snow.

Malmö, Sweden









Who celebrated the day by having an “Opening-event” with children and mentors.  But at the same time take the opportunity to  formalize and celebrate the new status of Malmö UNIVERSITY!

Do you have done anything you want to share with partners? Please let us know!

The 8th Nightingale Conference will be the 11th-12th of October, in Bodö, Norway.

The theme is  “Belonging and Identity” and the Conference will open with Lars Magne Andreassen, Head of the  Arran Sami center. He will talk about Identity.
To mention something more at the Conference program there will be a music therapist Viggo Krüger who is connecting his music to UN child´s declaration and  children’s right. And there will be different activities for the participants.
In the end of April the program will be scheduled.

The network meeting will be held  the 10th at 4 o´clock + in the morning the 11th .

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Partner News

“Nattergalen”Nightingale Norway is celebrating it´s 10th anniversary. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Here an article  from Nattergalen Fredrikstad (only  in Norwegian)

Trondheim, Norway








We have an internship student, working with us in the Nightingalle this year. She has written about her experiences, please read more here ( in Norvegian)

She is also going to do her Masterthesis about Nattergalen. We are looking forward to read it when published. /Anne


The Swedish National network meeting,  in Malmö







Näktergalen Kristianstad, Halmstad and Sweden’s newest Nightingale partner, Karlstad, were invited to exchange experiences.

From now on, Sweden’s National Network Meetings will work systematically with
the Nightingale´s annual wheel. We had workshops about recruitment of students and adepts.
Carina lectured about research on student recruitment.
Some of the successful concepts that were presented:

– teambuildingactivity for the mentors before the Kick-off day

– letting children/adepts recruit students

– put flyers on the toilets at the university

– attaching quotes from mentors and adepts to the student´s confirmation-email for the interview-appointment.

After the meeting, requests from the participants were made for two networking meetings a year in the Swedish network, in stead of annually.
Go networking! /Lísa Ivarsdóttir

SOS Racismo’s Urretxindorra Project

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The project is going on successfully and mentors and mentees are learning a lot from the relationships they are setting up.
Until now mentors have received four workshops, in concrete Challenges of Mentoring; Emotional Intelligence; Gender and Sexuality; Young people and ICTs. Before the end of this school year we will propose them the last workshop about grief, in order to prepare in the best way the separation between mentors and mentees.

Interview Nightingale manger Fredrika Braw, Kristianstad, Sweden

We started up late in October with a new group. A group of 23 pairs with students from seven different kinds of education programs. Since three years, we have our kick off at the Kristianstad Regional Museum where the mentees family are all welcome to join. The museum is situated in the center of Kristianstad, and houses a very children friendly exhibition, with miniature historical houses and a lot of exciting staff to talk about with the new friend. It’s like jump starting the whole program. Also, the museum is a place that few or none of the Nightingale families have visited, and to let them know that it’s for free is really something. I think it´s a wonderful beginning and the first door to be opened to a richer life for both the mentor and the mentee.

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I work at the department of External Relations at Kristianstad University, and my background is in the fields of organization and leadership. Because of my former career as a HR manager, this was all in my interest and I did not have to think twice before accepting working with the Nightingale program.

The Nightingale has been available at the Kristianstad University since 2005 and was started by Carina herself.

I was the manager for almost four years.

What really inspires me is all the good that’s in the program, the happiness and joy to share some time together with someone you do not know. And what unexpected things that occur when you meet someone, maybe from a different side of town or even from a different culture that you thought you knew all about, AND YOU DID NOT.  I have seen a lot of prejudice blown away. That`s what I have learned and that’s what´s inspiring me to go on doing this.

My vision is that the knowledge of The Nightingale program would become a natural part of every student’s life. Like a personal development thing to do and that we can contribute on much broader basis in Kristianstad, not only for the kids at age 9-11 maybe be able to get involved with older people and maybe newly arrived family’s.

I think that the prime benefit is that we open doors for children, we give them self-esteem and knowledge of that the higher education and school belongs to everyone. We also give the mentor a sense of worth and training in responsibility, leadership and cultural challenges. Challenges that come along when you don`t speak a natural or common language and how innovative you get then!

Every year we have great challenges to recruit mentors. One of our obstacles is that a high rate of the students commute to the university. And we have trouble to engage students out of their educational programs. This year we managed to start a group of 23 pairs with students from seven different kinds of education programs.

If you cooperate with the Nightingale mentoring program you know that the time invested in the child costs you nothing but the difference you make is priceless.

Time to pay the Network fee.
You will soon receive an Invoice for a new network membership from 1 of April 2018- 30 of  March 2019.

Wish you all a Happy Easter!


The 8th Nightingale Mentoring Conference

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Nattergalen_Mentoring Conference 2018

February 2018

2018 01 31

Dear Nightingale friends, new year, new semester…best wishes to all of you!

The Nightingale Day the 24th of February is approaching…


We hope you all will celebrate our International  Nightingale Day, as usual!
Please send photos or other from your celebration things you would like o share with others on our webpage.
Here is is a PDF-file uploaded on the website you can use on your webpages or as a poster.

Greetings from partner

Nightingale Switzerland

We have started very well with our new group of Nightingale-pairs. 10 students and 10 children are on their way exploring new things. Best wishes for coming winter season! Mireille, Nightingale Switzerland.

Nightingale Kristianstad and Nightingale Malmö
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A day for the University and municipality in Kristianstad to be able know more about the benefits, the research and the implementation of the Nightingale local, national and international.

New network fee 2018-19

We hope you agree the network provides several benefits to the members, above all it will provide a forum for discussions, and exchange of experiences within the area of mentoring in general and issues specific to the Nightingale concept. The network will facilitate cooperation between the participants which will improve the general quality of the Nightingale concept.
Please read more about the benefits here.

Malmö University will send each partner in the network an invoice in the beginning of March for a new Network membership from the 1 of April 2018 – end of March 2019. Please read more here about the benefits etc.



Youth mentoring is rapidly expanding across Europe: here´s one reason

By Jean Rhodes, Òscar Prieto-Flores, & Justin Preston

The U.S. continues to account for the largest proportion of mentoring interventions in the world, but many new programs and networks have begun to emerge in Europe and have experienced significant population growths due to immigration. For example, the percentage of foreign-born population has especially increased in many countries in the 2005-2015 period reaching 18% in Sweden and Austria, 16% in Norway and Germany, 13% in Belgium and 12% in Spain and the Netherlands (EUROSTAT, 2017). This influx of immigrants and refugees has spurred a range of reactions in European citizenry and policy, including both panic and compassion

In the forthcoming cross-continental comparison, Jean, Oscar and Justin found that almost half of mentoring programs in the U.S. were established between 1989-1999, whereas, on the European side, growth was in step with immigration and refugee arrivals and have often been implemented in response to the challenges of poverty and inequality and as a means of preventing problem behaviors and outcomes.
Read more here 


You will always find new research uploaded on the page “Research & Development”. This month  an article is uploaded about: “Mentoring At-Risk Youth: an Examination of Strain and Mentor Response Strategies”.



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We are the news for the day in the Government Office of Sweden webpage,
the 22th of December 2017

Please read more about: “Nightingale mentoring program me spreads its wings in Malmö”

or look at the Governments page at Facebook 



November and December Newsletter

2017 11 22

Dear Nightingale friends,

I hope all of you are fine and I hope  your Nightingale year has begun as good as usual.
This newsletter will be a little longer but is loaded with lots of interesting things! So please read it carefully.
For example we will, from now on, have an interview of one of our partners aiming to get to know each other a little better, but also learn from each other. This time it will be a presentation of Natalia Tajadura Arizaleta from Pamplona. But as usual there will be some news from partners too and some other interesting things.


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The 26th of October Pamplona arranged a Conference:
MENTORIA SOCIAL- Una propuesta para la inclusión, cohesión y participación social. 

PhD, Lucia Martinez Virto, from the Navarra University had an interesting lecture about inclusion and exclusion and Carina was also invited and delivered a lecture: How Universities can contribute to a more equal and sustainable society 

Partner presentation and interview with Natalia 

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How and when did you start your Nightingale mentoring program?

I work in the Social Action Unit of Public University of Navarra since 2005 and my colleagues and me run different programs like health promotion, gender equality and social orientation….

Since 2009 I was asked to start with interculturality issues. Then I started to study a new project for the University and found social mentoring as a possible one. I had the opportunity to visit Malmö and was lucky to met Carina. She told me everything about Nightingale and when I was back to my University I set up Nightingale here in Pamplona with Oscar and Jordi’s help. These two professors from University of Girona give a very good orientation. Carina, Oscar and Jordi were my mentors in that time!

What inspired you to become involved in this field?

Pamplona is a little town where different identities live together but they don’t get mixed in many cases. I feel that university students should know how the society is and learn about solidarity, interculturality….., if they want to be good economist, teachers, engineering, nurses… . Also the University mission it is to contribute to social improve so we must do something from this institution.
To meet the “ others” and to practice all the social values mentoring could be a good formula.

Any key aspects why you have succeed and continue with the program?

I feel that mentoring gives the people the opportunity to meet together and this contribute to disappear the differences and to “build bridges” in common. I think University must be an institution to promote all these things. Every year when Nightingale finishes I look to the whole group of participants I look at the children and mentor’s faces, the families….they seem to be so happy, they feel lucky to take part on it…..and I think, “it’s worth to continue… .”
Every year when nightingale finishes I look to the whole group of participants I look the children and mentor’s faces, the families….they seem to be so happy, they feel lucky to take part on it…..and I think, “it’s worth to continue… .”

What did you learn from the mentors/mentees about their involvement?

At the beginning when somebody explain them what the Nightingale is they don’t figure out so well what this project works…… they need to have the experience that’s why it’s so important to know other mentors to get some information “face to face”.

Although Nightingale is planned project gives the opportunity to mentors and mentees to contribute to express their selves, their creativity, ideas, activities….every year a big team of different people take part to develop the mentoring idea and all of us make it possible. We need “every pieces of this team” to practice mentoring.

Mentors the more involvement in the project the more fun and knowledge. Most of them “grow up” during the mentoring year and “get competence for living”. Also they feel nice because they have the opportunity to contribute in a social way and they feel part of a big family although most of the times they do their mentoring in pairs. This makes them to be happy.

Mentees get more involvement in the project if from the school they get support and if their families believe in nightingale.
Somebody cares of them and when they feel a mentor as a confidence figure they open their hearts.

What did they learn?

In general they get emotional and social skills and which is more important self-estem. Nightingale gives them more confidence and welfare and this is so important to face their lifes.

Mentors especially learn that they could be contribute in the society and this is so important and also to be a mentor give them an opportunity to develop in a personal way.

What is the prime benefit and problems of the program? Any visions?

Not this year, maybe in the future….who knows.

What is the prime benefit of cooperating in the Nightingale Network?

Network gives “ strength” to our projects and a local Nightingale turns into a common project. Also the network helps me to think about mentoring and to improve the work that I do.



I, Carina have been in Ghana the 3rd of November to the 12th of November, 2017  after having a long contact with David, a  headmaster in Accra who has showed a big interest in the Nightingale program. We discussed the possibility for me to go there and have lectures and workshop and help them to start a Nightingale program.
I then got funds from Malmö University and I could deliver lecture at Ashesi University and Winneba University. But also visit local schools in Ghana.
We have discussed how to implement the Nightingale program in the Ghana context and I am very hopeful that Nightingale Ghana will start in October 2018 as a cooperation between Ashesi University and one local school “Amasaman school”.

Some photos: at Amasaman school and at Ashesi University

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 David, the Nightingale coordinator

After I returned back too Sweden David wrote: 
” …..In fact, your coming to Ghana had been a blessing in my attempt to bring Nightingale mentoring to Ghana.
I thank you for all the materials you gave me, the encouragement and other people in the different organizations we visited to solicit for funds. I know had it not been for you they  would not have agreed to our proposal for fund.
Thank you for helping me to be part of the Nightingale family.
Extend my greetings to the rest of the family members.


A wish from our Catalan partners in Girona, Jordi and Oscar:
Please support us!

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Read more what they have to say, on our page “Network and partner News
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News from Barcelona:
Those days we are working hard to start our project with 61 mentoring pairs in 14 school, we have celebrated 2 initial party yesterday and tuesday, and we have the last party in Barcelona today, and the next week, the party in Sant Adrà del Besós, a city next to Barcelona where we gonna do the project for the first time.




Some weeks ago we  got great news at Malmö University. We have receive money/funds from Malmö University to look for a PHD-researcher who can make a bigger application, looking for a PhD candidate who can make a dissertation about Nightingale. Could be an opening for all of us!

Master thesis  by Verena Kofler

This study investigated the question of how short- and long-term outcomes can be measured by an impact assessment on the mentoring program ‘Nightingale’, focusing on two of its main objectives: the increase of the educational motivation and the strengthening of self-esteem.
The work presents the possibilities and limitations regarding planning and hypothetical implementation of a long-term impact analysis in the field of social economy.
You can read more about it on our page “Research and development”  Read more here
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Another interesting research about: Mentoring for first generation Immigrant and Refugee Youth

Were one of the result of this research is:
Both formal and informal mentoring may be beneficial for facilitating acculturation and social integration to the new country and promoting academic and school engagement.

Please always look  at page “Research and development” where you can find more research


Next Nightingale Conference will probably be held in Bodö, Norway preliminary date is the 10,11 and 12 th of October.
We are already looking forward to this!


I hope you will all get a Nice Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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