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June Newsletter 2016

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Dear Nightingale friends,

It is getting closer to the summer holiday and end of this semester. Hope everyone had a nice Farewell-party with your tandems of mentors-mentees. (Except Switzerland who will continue with their mentor program over the summer)

We are ofcourse so sorry that seems to be the last time for Växjö, Sweden but we still cross our fingers that the municipality of Växjö will change their minds. And hopefully the letter we sent them can make them consider their decission. If something will change we will ofcourse let you know. But until then we would like to thank Håkan and his team for their work and good cooperation in the Nightingale netork, also as a board member. We wish you all a nice summer!

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News from partners:

Nightingale Linz is a mentoring project of the University of Education in Upper Austria

Students spend their leisure time together with the mentee once a week for two to three hours. Possible activities are cooking or playing games, visiting different museums and sights, going to the cinema or zoos, just going for a walk, getting to know interesting people, borrowing books from libraries, learning German in a tandem- setting.

Students have an effect on the mentees as implicit educators, they open them a world that mentees would have never seen. So they give them confidence in the present and in the future.

The project starts with the start day in October, when mentors, mentees and their parents meet first.

Typical of the Austrian Nightingale Project is a

  • seminar with the title “Talking with Kids”
  • number of reflections by the mentors regarding critical incidents „…critical incidents are not „things“ which exist independently of an observer and are awaiting discovery like gold nuggets or desert islands, but like all data, critical incidents are created. Incidents happen, but critical incidents are produced by the way we look at a situation: a critical incident is an interpretation of the significance of an event. To take something as a critical incident is a value judgement we make, and the basis of that judgement is the significance we attach to the meaning in the incident“(Tripp, 2012, p. 8).
  • boat trip on the Danube at the end of the project (see the photos)

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News from Norway:

Nattergalen Bodös Marit Tveraabak has written an interesting article now published in a book: “Sett, hört og förstått “( “Seen, heard and understood” )Unfortunately it is only in Norwegian). Click here to read more.

Another news:

The 19th of May Carina got The Royal Society Pro Patrias gold medal for “civic virtues” and merits with the Nightingale mentoring program. Once a year the society distribute a golden medal to “honorable persons” for her/his work.
So thank you all Nightingaels – one part of the medal!
This year they also celebrated their 250 year!
Read more: http://propatria.se

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The queen of Sweden- Silvia!

Now all of you thank you for working hard with the Nightingale also this semester, as usual!
But before your go on holiday do not forget to send us the Annual Report

Don´t worry, you will hear more from us, next Newsletter will be our in August – Nightingale 20th year in Malmö!

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Have a nice summer!

Newsletter May 2016

2016 04 27

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Dear Nightingale friends,

first of all thank you for your participation and engagement in the network meeting and at the Conference. Especially big thank to the Iceland team who arranged everything. I am so happy that so many parters could come.

Björk has now uploaded a film from the Conference, so you can revisit the conference or see it for the first time if you missed it! There you can also find powerpoint presentations and some nice photos from our network meeting and the guided tour. You will find everything on the Conference blog.

The Minutes from the network meeting is now also uploaded where all documents from our network meeting are available.

You will also find photos (on the Network meeting page) from our network meeting, guided tour and from network dinner etc. Thank you Hans Björstad for all photos!

The wonderful film from Austria is also uploaded at the Network page. In Malmö we have also uploaded it on our homepage and Facebook account.

Next Conference 

We are very happy to announce that next Conference will be held in Barcelona!
The Barcelona team want to arrange it in first or second week in June. More details will of course come later.

But we are so sad to announce once again that Växjö will finish.

The Malmö team have however decided to write  a  document to Håkan to support him and his team, which he can  forward to local politicians. We also hope all partners in the Network can be signed this document.
The document ( in Swedish)

News from partners

Nightingale San Sebastian, Spain
Nightingale Donostia- San Sebastián has taken part in different activities from the cultural life in Donostia-San Sebastián. The group had the chance to discover what lies behind the visible ocean life at the Aquarium of Donostia, finding out what is going on where the regular visitor cannot tread: how the animals are fed, some creatures yet to be exhibited, etc. It was amazing!
Furthermore, a guided tour of San Sebastian’s Anoeta Stadium, home to the local football club, was offered to the participants, and they enjoyed it so much!

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Network Meeting Decisions

As decided at our network meeting the following partners will now write the newsletters:

May Nightingale Malmö, Sweden
June Nightingale Linz, Austria
August Nightingale Stavanger, Norway
September Nightingale Tarragona ( Proyecto Ruiseñor), Spain
October Nightingale Kristianstad, Sweden
November Nightingale Zug, Switzerland
December Nightingale Telemark, Norway

January Nightingale Vienna, Graz and Salzburg, Austria
February Nightingale Girona, Spain
March Vianatta Iceland
April Nightingale Uganda

Also as decided in the network meeting partners will work together in different groups with:
Ideas worth spreading – the best idea this year

This is also in line of the networks aim
to have experience exchanges
Be a forum for deeper discussions
in cooperation possibilities within the network
see The Purpose of the Nightingale Network

These are the themes:
1. Recruitment of students and children
2. Mentor Training
3. Supervision
4. Ideas for research
5. Ideas for the Nightingale Day the 24th of February
6. Interaction with Social media
7. Developing the cooperation with schools/our cooperation partners
8. Cooperation with the community
9. Fundraising
10. Other ideas

Please let me know who the network leader in each group. Mail to carina.sild-lonroth@mah.se

As mentioned many times before: PLEASE fill in the Annual Report so we can compile and use the document to show others what we are creating together.

Looking forward to June newsletter, where we will get news from Nightingale Linz, Austria.
Best,
Carina

Newsletter March 2016

2016 03 02

Dear Nightingale friends,

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Hope you all celebrated the Nightingale Day the 24th of February!
Thank you Inma ( Spain) who made a hashtag for us, on our Nightingale International Day.
Let’s sing together! #NightingaleDay

For those who understand catalan, this is how our catalan partners spread the news about the Nightingale Day: “24 de febrer, Dia Internacional del projecte Rossinyol”
Click on this link.

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Oscar and Jordi, Girona, Spain have also published an english text here.

 

 Malmö Nightingale (Näktergalen)

Celebrated it by letting children and mentors make cakes se on the top) and the made nice new Nightingale logos together.

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Please let us know how you celebrated the day. Send us photos, please.

 

The Nightingale 6th Annual Conference in Reykjavik – “Opportunities and Participation” the 15th of April 2016

We are very much looking forward to this Conference and to meeting all the partners.
You can see the program and read more on the the blog: about the the key note speakers and the two seminars which will be held by the Girona partners and the Uganda partners here.

Hope you all have registered! If not please do it now!

The network meeting will be on the 14th of April at 3 o´clock and take place at the same place as the conference.

If you have any ideas or suggestion of a program this afternoon do not hesitate to let us know. We want to try to make the day as good as possible and worth attending for all of you.

After the network meeting we will have a guided tour and then dinner together (this will not be included in the conference fee, everyone has to cover the cost of their own meal).

Network fees from 1st of April 2016 to 30th of March 2017
We will soon send you the invoice for a new membership in the Nightingale.  

 

News from partners

Nightingale Halmstad, Sweden

We would like to inform you that our third group has started and we are so happy!
12 students from different programs at the Halmstad University(teacher students, sports psychology students, language program students, social change & social sustainability program students, work science and Information technology students) now meet 12 refugees from Afghanistan, Eritrea, Somalia, Syrien, Morocco och Palestine.
The first meeting/Kick-Off Day takes place on the 15th of February and will continue until December 2016.

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Nightingale Barcelona, Spain

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Two exchange sessions between participant mentors in Nightingale Barcelona took place last 4th and 5th February.

The sessions were boosted by two students from the Faculty of Education of University of Barcelona. The first part of the sessions consisted in discussing common topics in the mentoring relationship as the involvement of the mentee, the relationship with peers and the family involvement.

Secondly, mentors were asked to identify emotions with situations that occurred to them in the project. Guess which one was the most named, in both groups? SATISFACTION!!!

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Hege Simensen and Nita Ørmen took part in the UCC ( University Collage) International week in Hillerød, North of Copenhagen, and in a workshop for Young Mentors, Norwegian experience they talked about their Nightingale program.

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Iceland

Here is an article from teacher student at University of Art in Iceland.

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Holland Summit conference

A mentoring program in Holland will have a European Mentoring Summit in Leeuwarden, Holland on the 17th and 18th of April. Carina has been invited, but partners from Spain will also participate. One of the keynote speakers will be prof. Dr. Jean Rhodes from University of Massachusetts, director of Mentor Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring.
Please read more about it here.
If you have anything you would like to share with partners in the Nightingale network, please let us know.

Looking forward to seeing you soon in Iceland!

 

 

Newsletter December 2015

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Dear Nightingale friends,
Right now there are more than one thousand children from different Universities around Europe and Africa (in the Nightingale) that regularly meet with a mentor. Once a week the mentor and child get together in order to enjoy some nice activities together. Meeting is where mutual learning develops, where knowledge about each other grows, and both parties get insight into one another’s different world. This kind of interaction is vital in today’s turbulent world! This is really what the world needs right now: humanity and positive relations. To do something right now can change the future for the better. So keep up all your good work.

News from Iceland Conference the 15th of April 

Björk has now also uploaded new information to the blog regarding the Conference here.

The primary slogan of our Conference will be: Opportunities and participation
The Keynote speaker will be: PhD Sigrún Júlíusdóttir, who is a professor at the University of Iceland and also runs a private practice working with psychotherapy for individuals and families, supervision and counseling.
The other Keynote speaker will be Elisabet Karlsdottir who is an Executive of the ICE-CCFR, Centre for Children and Family Research and Erla Björg Sigurðardóttir, Department of Welfare at the University of Iceland.
In the afternoon we have decided that one seminar will be held by the Uganda partners, telling us about their experiences of starting the Nightingale program in Kampala, Uganda, the very first Nightingale in Africa.
The other seminar will be held by the Girona partners, about a study that was recently carried out and published in an academic journal: How an intervention project contributes to social inclusion of adolescents and young people of foreign origin (download a PDF of the article here)

The Conference will start at 9.30 and end at approximately 3 o´clock so participants have the option of catching return flights the same evening.
Halldóra has sent a reminder to all of you: please spread the word about the Conference and relevant information/the blog and apply before Christmas (the same goes for the network meeting) to be able to get the lower price, and also to have the possibility to plan for the Network meeting.

So please help the Iceland partners to spread the news and the blog at your University, and networks, cities etc. so we get as many participants as possible.

Don´t forget to add in your calendar: the 14th of April we will have our usual network meeting from 2 or 3 o ´clock.

News from our Nightingale partners

Nightingale Finland

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As earlier mentioned Solveig will retire from her work for the Nightingale Finland and unfortunately Finland Arcada have decided not to continue the Nightingale program. We are all sorry about that, but would like most of all send greetings and a big thank you to Solveig for her hard and enthusiastic work for the Nightingale Finland.

We also want to wish her a nice and happy time as a pensioner!

She has sent a message to us:

It is not easy to grasp the project in a few words and still it could be grasped in only one

And that is LOVE

This is the substance that Nightingale is made of

Love for children and the dwelling possibilities that are only waiting for the right person

To luck up the barriers that hinders from feeling safe and sing.

Love for the students that are getting an opportunity to grow in adulthood by getting responsibility

And freedom to choose activities in safe limits.

It has been a privilege in five years to follow this process. The effect on children, students and families has been most life-giving. In many cases it has been a bridge to the Finnish society for families and they have got trust that there is an opportunity to live in a new country not only to

Survive.

It is a huge gift for the world that there are persons like Carina Sild Lönroth that have the brilliant intelligence to create a format that is so clear and gives so good steps to follow, and a huge heart filled with love that spreads like circles on the water.

Children is our future but we need tools and after five years working with Nightingale I have seen that this is a tool that could rescue so many children and families.

THANK YOU CARINA,

Kind regards Solveig

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This year Nightingale, Rossinyol in Girona have been running for ten years so they will celebrate their 10th anniversary. That is so great and we really wish you another ten happy years (which are just beginning) and send huge congratulations your way! We hope that they can share some nice photos from their celebration and maybe some unforgettable memories from the last ten years. Last year we had the Swedish Nightingale Kristianstad in Sweden celebrating their 10th anniversary. Next year there will be another celebration too.

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It is, as you’ve probably have noticed, approaching Christmas which also means we are getting closer to our Nightingale Conference in Iceland. This is a nice happening and we are all looking forward to meeting again.

Dr. Oscár Prieto-Flores, Girona Rossinyol visited Malmö University in October. He was the Key note speaker at the “International week” at Malmö University and delivering an interesting lecture: Paths that lead students of ethnic and immigrant background in Europe on a collage track. You can see the lecture here.

Nightingale Växjö

Håkan, Nightingale Växjö has alreday mentioned to us that they have had problems regarding funds from their municipality. Unfortunately these problems continue and in fact it may increase. They are now facing serious problems with imminent closure next year.
This is a problem that Nightingale Linz is also facing, with a new economic crisis after an election. The new party have announced that 40 – 50 % of the budget (including the mentoring projects) will be cut. However they still hope that it will not be that much. They will know more about the situation shortly before X-mas. We will keep our fingers crossed.

Nightingale Uganda

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There is happier news from Nightingale Uganda who have had their first Kick-Off at 26th of October with 24 couples. Bridget, the Nightingale child Ambassador in Africa, was the guest of honour and other invited guests also gave presentations. You can see more films etc. at their Facebook click here

You can watch a video of the Nightingale Uganda video here.

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News from our Nightingale partner in Barcelona

41 pairs of mentors and mentees have already met each other and started their mentoring relationship.  Nightingale is already flying in Barcelona!

3 starting events took place in November, with the participation of 9 schools from different inner-city neighbourhoods. This is the 6th Edition of Nightingale scheme (Rossinyol) in Barcelona. 

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Meeting in Oslo

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The eight Nightingales in Norway have had their national meeting in Oslo at the Norweigian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs, Carina, from Malmö was invited to tell them about the Nightingale work in Europe and Africa and her experiences about recruitment.

As mentioned earlier we have got a reminder from our Perach friend about a mentoring Conference in Mexico. Please read more about it: https://peraj.org/intmentconf2015/index_eng.html

Which you all a Merry Merry Christmas and a happy new year,

Carina and the board

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Newsletter September 2015

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Dear Nightingale friends,
I hope that you have had a nice summer and are back with strong energy and the power to continue with your work.
I guess the most of the network members are working with the recruitment of new mentors and mentees. We wish you good luck. Couldn´t we agree this year that you send me your figures of mentor-mentees so we all can use thse figures to show how many tandems (mentor+mentees) are meeting in the Nightingale concept?

That would be so good!

 

Iceland Conference

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We hope everyone has seen the nice blog that has been uploaded to the webpage.
Now it is your turn to spread the information about the Conference so that it will be a well attended event. In the morning we will have one Key-notespeaker. In the next newsletter we will write more about this. In the afternoon we have decided to have different seminars, but we are waiting for your abstracts before we decide exactly how to do it.

So please send an abstract of a thesis you have done, an article you have written or an idea you want to spread. The board want it, at the latest, by the 15th of November to be able to decide who can come to the Conference for free. As we had earlier decided the network will cover the conference fee, for that person as well the travel and hotel costs, for network partners in Europe who will hold a lecture or a seminar.

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News for next coming newsletter

Are there any partners who would like to share any news with us in the next coming newsletter. Please let me know. What about Vienna, Bodö or other partners in Norway who has not been introduced yet?

 

 

Research

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All of us who are working with mentoring program know that it works however we need research that confirms what we all know and intuitively feel – to be able also to convince other – that mentoring works.

In 2013 a study was made called “The Role of Risk: Mentoring Experiences and Outcomes for Youth with Varying Risk Profiles,” who examined mentoring program relationships, experiences and benefits for higher-risk youth.

Among the findings there are some positive results.

 

  • The strongest program benefit, and most consistent across risk groups, was a reduction in depressive symptoms — a particularly noteworthy finding given that almost one in four youth reported worrisome levels of these symptoms at baseline.
  • Findings also suggested gains in social acceptance, academic attitudes and grades.
  • In addition to benefits in specific domains, mentored youth also experienced gains in a greater number of outcomes than youth in the comparison group.

 

The study also confirmed that mentoring programs could be beneficial for youth with a broad range of backgrounds and characteristics. If training and support was tailored it has the potential to produce an even stronger benefits.
The study involved more than 1,300 youth, drawn from seven mentoring programs in USA.

Click here to view the full study

Click here to view the Executive Summary

 

Best wishes,

Carina

Newsletter June 2015

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Dear Nightingale friends,
Summer is here and this is the last Newsletter for this semester. I hope you will soon be enjoying your holidays but first…we have some news that we would like to share with you.

The Conference in Iceland and news from the board

Hallóra and Bjork have found a potential candidate, who is an academic in the field of social work, to be a keynote speaker at our 6th Nightingale Conference. The hotel is also pre-booked.
As previously mentioned, the conference will be held on the 15th of April 2016, in cooperation with the University. The day before we will have our usual network meeting from 2 or 3 o ´clock. Don´t forget to add it to your calendar.

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So far we have got a suggestion from Norway regarding the participation at the conference. The suggestion is that the network will cover payment for partners who will hold a seminar (conference fee, travel and hotel costs). So the board has now decided to let partners send abstracts and look into the economic part, if we can cover everything for two persons. So if you have any idea or want to present anything, please send us an abstract before the end of October. Of course there will always be an opportunity to come to do a «Teacher Exchange», which means your University must have or write an agreement with the Iceland University.
The board have decided to buy some profile products so we can advertising the Nightingale network.

News from partners

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Let me introduce Nor, our Nightingale Ambassador in Malmö. She was awarded for showing big interest and engagement in the Nightingale program in Malmö, Sweden during this year. Maybe some of you also remembered her from our Conference in Malmö singing about her school? On the picture you see her with her together with her father and sister, with the diploma in her hand at the final parting of the ways.

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Some weeks earlier I also nominated Bridget as the Nightingale Ambassador in Uganda.

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Regarding Nightingale Uganda, there is a short film from the launch, at the Kampala University where almost 1000 persons attended. Click here to watch the film.


Nightingale Navarra, Spain

Nightingale Navarra started in 2010-2011 academic year and this is the forth edition. From that time a group of mentors of Public University of Navarre are taking part in it as mentors every year.
Nightingale Project of Public University of Navarre is support by Catedra Unesco for Citizenship, Coexistence and Pluralism of this University and in February 2015 organized a seminar entitled: Mentoring- a Formula for Shared Societies.

A seminar has been held in Public University of Navarre.

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In the seminar the teachers from Girona’s Nightingale Project took part (Oscar and Jordi) in explaining how mentoring is an useful tool for social inclusion and also how they develop mentoring in their project and why they think it is a good opportunity for learning, not only for the children who take part but also for mentors and families.

The Nightingale project in Navarra explained their mentoring experience. For that two mentors, a mother of a mentee, and the teacher of the children took part in the seminar. For this part we also had the experience of the mentees who were videotaped and projected in that space.

Almost 60 persons attended the seminar, mostly university students and social professionals.

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Greetings from Natalia Nightingale Navarra

 

Nightingale Finland

In the next newsletter Solveig has promised to write something about Nightingale Finland because she will no longer work with Nightingale since she will retire in December. We will miss her! And sorry to say there will be no singing Nightingale after her retirement.

 

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All coordinators from Sweden have had their regular yearly meeting. This time in Växjö. Click here to read the Minutes.


Nightingale Halmstad

We want to congratulate Näktergalen Halmstad who have got 25 000 Swedish kronor from the Swedish “Jubileumsfond”, which is a foundation of the King of Sweden that supports activities and projects aimed at greater integration in society of children and adolescents.
Click here to read more.

 

Facebook

If someone want so write anything on the Swedish Näktergalen/Nightingale Facebook page or wishes to post some pictures there, please let me know and I will gladly upload them for you.
Please add us as a friend and like the page. And also share page with your friends and colleagues. We have soon 500 friends so far.
Click here to friend or like our Facebook page!
Of course you can still put news on our Nightingale network page on …»Network and Partner News»

 

“Perach”mentoring program is approaching the 10th anniversary.

Perach Mexico will be celebrating its 10th years. Mr. Armando Jinich, the founder and chairman of Perach Mexico has therfore agreed to host a conference which will take place on 1 – 4 of December 2015 in Cancun, Mexico.

When we have got more details, and especially the exact venue, timetable, call for papers and costs I will let you know.
Now….thank you for your cooperation this semester,
We wish you all a nice summer.

To do something for anothers is the greatest pleasure and sometime the smallest things take up the most room in your heart and
as you all know the best things in life
aren´t things.

/ Carina and the board

Newsletter May 2015

2015 04 28

Dear Nightingale friends,

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Since the last newsletter in February a lot of nice things have happened. For example we have celebrated “The Nightingale Day” on the 24th of February. You can see more photos our website, click “Network and partner news”.

Iceland for example celebrated the day by hosting workshops organized by students from the Iceland Academy of Arts: three different workshops centered on music, painting and design/architecture.
At Østfold, Norway they celebrated the day with a masquerade- dancing, eating cookies and playing.

Växjö, Sweden had ”drop-in-coffee” and the project management provided information, showed their inspirational films and handed out coffee and flyers to students at the university during lunch hours.

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Kristianstad, Sweden had an exhibition and Malmö, Sweden celebrated the day together with mentors and children, eating a big cake and making Nightingale birds.

We have heard that also Oslo celebrated the day and if somebody else has photos from this day we can upload them in the next newsletter.

 

News from partners

Växjö, Sweden has finally got confirmation that they can continue, with funds from the municipality and the University.
Halmstad, Sweden have also received positive response in the form of funds from the region, county government and Halmstad municipality will enable them to continue and they will now look for 24 new mentors.

Nightingale Kristianstad, Sweden will celebrate its 10th anniversary at the 9th of May. They will have cake-party and have arranged nice activities for children and mentors and other specially invited guests.

Navarra, Spain has had a conference, hopefully we can read more about this in the upcoming newsletter.

New Nightingale members

We want to welcome Nightingale Tarragona, “Projecte Rossinyol” and hope to get some information about them in the next newsletter.

Nightingale Uganda

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As you all know I (Carina) have been in Uganda for 15 days, working with Andrew Mukwana and his wife Jeniffer and their team to start the “Nightingale Uganda”.

Mr. and Mrs. Mukwana had already done a great deal of exceptional work before I arrived, contacting different key-persons and made a program for us that we followed every day.

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I had some workshops with teachers from different school and held public lectures at the Kampala University. Everyone was so positive about the Nightingale program.

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We visited a number of different schools, met headmasters, teachers and children.

When we asked the question: Who wants a mentor? Everyone hold up their hands.

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I have also conducted interviews with children who have applied to be part of the program and one thing that stuck me was the difference from when I interviewed Swedish children, who almost every time said that they want to do things and try different activities with their mentor. All these children said the wanted somebody who would listen to them and they all wanted a mentor so that they had somebody that they could talk to.

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My name is xxx, a student from the Academy Lawrence s1a. I am a Ugandan aged thirteen. I would like to join the Nightingale program. I would like to get a mentor who can help me solve and listen to all my problems. I want somebody who can listen to me and one I can ask things. Thank you!

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At Princess Diana school I even met the “President of the school”! Here I give her a Nightingale pin. She was also awarded the position of The Nightingale ambassador by me. She gave a speech at the launch that was held the 15th of April at Kampala University with almost 1000 people in attendance. It really was a great day when the Nightingale program was launched in Uganda- the first one in Africa with the Dean Vice Chancellor, Professor Badru Kartegga, who is also the founder of the Kampala University.

I will later also upload the film of this fantastic event to our webpage.

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This month’s presentation: Nattergalen Stavanger

Torhild Øvestad Rosell presented the Nightingale group at the University of Stavanger (UiS) for international students. (She is third from left in the second row in the photo below).

Nightingale activities and some theory on mentoring were presented to two different groups of international students in 2015:

1: Incoming Erasmus BA-students in spring term

2: MA-students (Erasmus Mundus European MA-course EMMIR) in the autumn

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The students are incoming Erasmus students from Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, and Germany, and they take several courses during a full spring term. One optional course of 6 ECTS is called “Migration and Intercultural Relations” and deals with the challenge of migration in schools and kindergartens. The students are all training to be teachers (from kindergarten to upper secondary school), and during the course they have looked into recommended practices to work with minority and migrant children. They have also visited institutions in the Stavanger area to study relevant practices in Norway. After their stay in Stavanger (spring term) they will go back to their own teacher training institution, hopefully with helpful knowledge about mentoring.

Such “recommended practices” may be listed in various research reports. One such report (edited by Prof Friedrich Heckmann) was commissioned by the EU when Governments and NGOs in Europe were asked to take part in a consultation process about how to improve the situation for migrant children/students in education. There was a growing concern in EU countries of alarming underachievement in school by children from such groups.

“Education and Migration – Strategies for integrating migrant children in European schools and societies”.

http://www.nesse.fr/nesse/activities/reports/activities/reports/education-and-migration-pdf

In this report mentoring is listed as one of sixteen recommendations that Governments and NGOs should look into:

Recommendation no 12 in the Heckmann report

“”Mentoring in different forms and by different actors can substantially improve school attainment. School authorities and school management should encourage and coordinate mentoring activities from outside the school by voluntary associations, welfare organisations, migrant

associations and municipalities. Ethnic mentoring seems to be a particularly successful form of mentoring.”

It may be of interest to observe that “ethnic mentoring” is mentioned especially in this report, as the Nightingale program has never given any priority to mentors (students) belonging to the same ethnic group as the mentee (the child)!

Students have been invited to discuss this issue (ethnic mentoring) and similar choices that have to be made, and also to learn from the way the Nightingale program is organized to qualify students to act as good mentors. Students have contributed with own experiences with mentor-like activities of various kinds in their own countries. The web site of the Nightingale Network has been looked into as well.

Video material from both Sweden and Norway has been very helpful.

Students have also spent time on working with digital storytelling about migration and integration experiences of people they know, even as close as own family.

This has been a meaningful way of identifying with challenges people have in settling into another country and another culture, and still not losing one’s own.

2: MA-students (European MA EMMIR) in the autumn

In the autumn a small group of students from the EMMIR MA-program will work with similar issues as those mentioned above. However, there will be a good deal more theory involved, and at the same time there will also be organized a separate workshop where students have time to go deeper into the materials.

http://www.emmir.org

 

A reminder!

Please check your link on our webpage, so for example Volkshochschule OÖ Institut Interkulturelle Pädagogik, Linz, University of Stavanger, Agder, Østfold, Halmstad your link is not working. Please send us your link so we can update the “Member page”.

Newsletter February 2015

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Dear Nightingale friends,

In the latest board meeting we discussed how to better promote Nightingale. That´s why now we want to encourage all partners in the network to disseminate and promote your own Nightingale projects as well as the overall network. One way is to disseminate results, news or status about your project on the 24th of February – The International “Nightingale day”.
Another idea might be to write something on your own webpage or Facebook page, put photos or links to other partners page and show others how many singing Nightingales there are all across Europe. Or maybe you have other ideas about how to do it best? Please let us know!

 

News from members:

Växjö, Sweden
A solution to how to finance the project in the future in Växjö has yet to be found. However there will be a meeting between the University and the municipality of Växjö the 12th of February. We will be crossing our fingers.

Reykjavik, Iceland
Iceland has had a meeting with the University in Reykjavik and hopes to implement their program at the University. Hopefully our next conference in Reykjavik (2016) will be held at that University.

Pamplona, Spain
will hold a conference about “Social mentoring”, Thursday February the 26th.

Tarrogona, Spain
Welcome “Ropssinyol Tarragona”, member of the “Asociación Quilómetro Zero” who have now decided to take part in our network.

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Halmstad, Sweden
Have finished their Nightingale pilot project and had an information and discussion meeting the 20th of January. We cross our fingers that the meeting’s outcome was positive and that the project will continue.

Telemark, Norway
has made a film with mentors and children who met in December, which you can view here.

Kristianstad, Sweden
will celebrate its 10th anniversary and will have a little party on the 7th of May.
Congratulations!

Malmö, Sweden
has continued the email conversation with Uganda and Carina has been invited to Uganda. She will probably go there in and assist them with setting up “Nightingale Uganda”.
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If YOU have something you would like to share, please write to Carina to put it in the next coming Newsletter.

 

Pair of the month

We would like to continue to load up photos of “one pair of the month” from partners. But we would also like you to share what is going on in your own program and put this in the next coming Newsletter.

This month we would like to present our new partner Rossinyol

From the Associació Quilòmetre Zero and through the Rossinyol project, by using the Nightingale method, we would like to establish a communication network and also a group of practices between different universities, especially with the URV. (Universitat Rovira i Virgili). We would like to work more specifically with the Social Work and Pedagogy students and also with students from the school “L’escola de Bonavista”, from Tarragona, who are taking the 6th course now. Along this course (2014-2015) the Nightingale Project (Proyecte Rossinyol) has been applied in some courses.

We have 12 couples of mentors who are already meentoring people. The mentor’s main objective is to help the mentoree person to develope theirself in professional and personal aspects. This is accompanied with support, friendship, trust and help. And, last but not least,  trying to be a good and positive example to follow.

Apart from that, there are volunteers who want to establish a relationship also in order to help and give special support to people  who have different necessities and who need some more attention. This may be the case of people who suffer from social exclusion or have serious economical issues.

Next year we will work with more schools in order to make more children participants of this precious and big project. Apart from that, we will take more volunteers and more mentors in relation to the URV students.

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Mentor and mentoree, Jenni and Saida

Next newsletter we have suggested Stavanger (April) to contribute,
in June we would like Kristianstad to contribute and in
July: Agder
September: Telemark
Nov/Dec: Bodö

 

Research

A new research paper by Karen Zilberstein might interest you is now up on the website here; it is about closure, “Breaking bad” which has received some attention. In this paper she bring the attachment theory perspective to bear on youth mentoring relationship closures and consider how the rich empirical and theoretical literature on attachment can inform mentoring programme practice and possibly help prevent premature and poorly handled mentoring relationship endings. Maybe this can be a help to promote positive closure when relationships come to an end.

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The Iceland Conference

Is planned in March 2016, Halldóra and Björk hope the University of Reykjavik will host the Conference. More information will come in the next newsletter.

Newsletter December 2014

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Dear Nightingale friends,

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The new board, with Halldóra as new board member, has had its first Skype meeting and decided that over the next year we will; try to promote the Nightingale together with the network. That´s why we would appreciate it if each city/member could come up with some good ideas how to do this. We also decided to try once again with the 24th of February as our Nightingale Day when we all can promote Nightingale in our own cities (university, local schools, etc.)
You will as usual find the minutes on the website “Boardmeeting”.

The Next Conference Will Take Place in Iceland on March 2016

We are happy to inform you that Iceland is willing to host our 6th Nightingale Conference. We have decided to postpone the date, since spring may have better weather and is not as hectic a time as October. The date is however not yet decided.

Resumé of the Nightingale Conference held in Malmö 24th of October

Thank you for participating in the conference and your always positive attitude. On the webpage “2014 Malmö Conference” you will find the compilation of the answers we made on the Posit-It paper.
Also the photos and videos made by our webmaster Ed Lever are uploaded on webpage.
On “Network meetings” you will as well also find uploaded photos from our network meeting the 23th of October, as well the economic part explained on the network meeting. (“Network document & information”)
You will also find photos and links to the videos/films on the blog here.
Ed, our webmaster has also created a you tube playlist called “Nightingale worldwide” and put all videos here.
There you will or example find the film from “Nightingale Vienna” and “Pädagogische Hochschule”, Zug, Switzerland and a film from Växjö.
Malmö’s can be found films here and here.
If you want us to upload your film, please let us know.


Pair of the month
– Iceland.

Palli och Ernir

This is a story from Palli that is a mentor for Ernir. Palli is a student with the University of Iceland in Psychology

The child: Ernir: “What I like most about the Mentor-program is going ice-skating together and playing Minecraft on Playstation 3. I’m always really excited come friday when it’s Mentorday and usually call Palli straight after school. We get three hours together once a week and we always find something fun to do, usually I have an idea and Palli agrees. Fridays are my luxury days because then school is out and it’s also the Mentorday.”

The mentor: Palli: “The Mentor-program is really fun. I usually feel good about doing stuff with Ernir, whatever that may be. If he wishes to just chill and play computer games that’s fine by me. If he wants to go ice-skating or play football that’s a nice change of scenery for me since I’m a student and am usually stuck inside with my nose in a book. The Mentor-program is the only way to get school credit at the same time as real life experience. I’m studying psychology and this program gives me insight into the development of children as well as being a way for me to practice behavior analysis skills. Writing diaries about our days together is also a practice in writing and reflecting on my own behavior. The program is fun, giving and the most fun to get university credit there is.”

Who would you like to be the first pair 2015?

We wish yo all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Best wishes to all of you Nightingales.

The board

Newsletter November 2014

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Dear Nightingale friends,

Thank you very much for two very nice days together. Your positive attitude is invaluable!

I also very much appreciate  your commitment at the network meeting, and also your positive feed-back at the conference. We will summarise it very soon.
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The Network Meeting
You will find the Minutes from our networkmeeting on the webpage, click ”Network meetings”, there you will also find some photos from the meeting, the experience-exchange groups and from the evening when Josefine and Andreas got the award for mentoring three times and we had the buffé togehter, after you Malmö quiz.

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The 5th Nightingale network conference the 24th of Ocober in Malmö, Sweden

We are happy we attract almost 100 registered who come to Malmö and attended the conference, not only network members but also people were coming from diffeent places all around Europe and suprisingly all the way from Uganda!

For those who couldn´t attend the conference we would like to share some glimpses: the program started with three mentor children from Rosengårdschool in Malmö who opened the conference by singing a roma song, then Carina, and the pro vice- chancellor from Malmö University Cecilia Christersson welcomed everyone to the conference at to Malmö University.

First Key-note speakers was Mats Trondman who talked about relations, recognition and everyones value and worth and quite, a lot more but since we have our own webmaster in the network, Edward Lever, filmed everything and he has kindly put everything on the website and the blog, so you  can see it once again( or for the first time if you want) Go to the blog or to our webpage and watch it on Youtube. There you can also find some powerpoint presentations from the conference.

If you want to listen to the mentor from the Nightingale program in Malmö who played the violine, just click on the above links.

Our second Key-note speaker was Concetta Cultrera since Lieve Fransen couldn´t come. The video from her lecture will come soon.

After lunch three workshops were held. The one you missed, you now have the opportunity to see again (albeit only an extract from the workshop A).

We also want to thank Marit who held one of these workshops, the C.

Workshop A: concerned the EU project Formula were students from Malmö University have been mentoring young refugees.

Workshop B: concerned former mentor children, now grown up. One of them have also been a mentor.

Workshop C: concerned a lecture ” ”Nightingale – relations with possibilities

The last dot on the program was Laid Bouakaz, senior lecture and researcher summarized the conference.

Edward has also offered us to make a short film from the conference. Maybe we can have that as an advertesing for our next confernece. We cross our fingers it will be in Iceland the next time.

Research
As promised you will also find the research from Switzerland “Nightingale” on Teacher Education. Program Evaluation by Miriam Aegerter, Bruno Leutwyler and Claudia Meierhans. Click “Research and Development”.

Best wishes to all of you and Happy Halloween,
Carina