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The 24th of February we celebrate the International Nightingale Day

2017 02 22


All around Europe and Africa we have more than 1000 mentors that every week meet a child- meetings were mutual learning takes place, where knowledge about each other develop and where you get access to each other´s world.
Click here to load down a flyer 

The Nightingale/SOS Racism made a video at the from their concert they organised at the International Day. A successful event! The performance:
a girl who sings who really fell in love with the project and always sings in all their mentoring feasts.
a mentor from last year.
in the third group, the one who plays the guitar is a mentor from this year.
 Click here to see the video

At the International Nightingale Day the 24th of February:
“Rossinyol- mentors from Universidad Pública de Navarra!

February newsletter with news from Austria

2017 02 07

Dear Nightingale friends,


The board has had their fist meeting this year and we are happy to inform our decision.

The Nightingale Network meeting  will be held in Barcelona at the 14th June: at 16h – 18h.
The Conference will be at the 15th June – 16th of June, from  9:00h and end at 13h ( the 16th).

This  means we will have 1,5 days Conference to be able to get more registration outside our own network.
At the first day of the conference there will be some workshops in the afternoon where you also have the possibility to contribute. However we cannot cover any expenses.

The Barcelona partners are working with a Blog – when it is ready you will have the opportunity to register and read more about the conference agenda , accommodation, transport and other activities to do in Barcelona.  Now it is your turn to spread the news about the date to your network

Nightingale Austria


Dear Nightingale – friends all over Europe!

Here are some news from Nightingale in Austria. It consists of Nightingale Vienna, coordinating also activities in the cities Graz and Salzburg. And Linz started first in 2004 as many of you know.

In Nightingale Vienna since 2010 we have been able to raise the yearly number of couples to more than 170. So together with Linz, Nightingale Austria involves around 200 couples this year. More than hundred we´ve organised in Vienna. Vienna has around 120.000 students so you can say one of thousand students runs through the Nightingale programme J. In Nightingale Vienna is granted by the Fedaral Ministries of Integration and Education. But it´s always only granted for one year so we have to apply yearly.

It might surprise you, but in Vienna, Graz and Salzburg Nightingale ist not only an opportunity for teacher students or students of educational sciences. Since the start in 2010 we were involving students from all kinds of studies, even economy-students or technical students get the possibility to try to work with children in this way. Currently there´s one student from a Fashion College and one from a Medical Assistant Education (which is like a college in Vienna). Only a third of our student are teacher students (qualified to teach in primary or secondary schools). Many students come from Psychology, Language studies or Sociology, Cultural Studies and so on.

Why does it work? A recent research done by the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Vienna brought out – very interesting and surprinsingly – that students from non-education-studies are as successful and skilled as mentors as student in a pedagogical educations. Very often they are even more motivated to learn and make experiences with children because the haven´t done it so much in their lives.
A second outcome of this survey, done by master students is, that children from third countries (Turkey, Iran, Iraque, Syria, Russia, Chechnya, Moldawia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, aso) benefit significantly more in learning better German. We will show more details in the meeting in Barcelona in June …

And as you will we are getting a lot of really nice feedback from our Mentors at the end of the programme. Here´s one:

“In the programm I´ve been shown, how in really short time a child can learn from an adult to improve his/her language skills and also personality skills, like self confidence. I recognized the difference it makes to concentrate on only one child with all possibilities to foster a child´s interests and how to approach to strenghten a child´s personality … (Katherina, teacher student, 2016)
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Interesting article about the effect of mentoring

The University of Massachusetts at Boston psychology professor Jean Rhodes, one leading experts on mentoring sais: if you talk to successful people about what made a difference in your lives, “it often comes down to the involvement of a caring adult over time and during critical moments,”, Mentoring sometimes involves helping you “figure out what you want to do with your life … who are the people who will help you get there … and how do you connect with them.”

Rhodes has worked with a team of other psychologists and social scientists on a meta-analysis of 73 mentoring programs aimed at children and adolescents across the Canada. Read more about it here

For those who would like to read more about mentoring. A new  book about mentoring called “Critical mentoring”. Click here to read more.

December Newsletter – Nattergalen Telemark, Norway

2016 12 21

Dear Nightingale friends,

What a year for Nightingale Malmö!


Malmö Municipality award
Malmö University award
The Royal Society Pro Patria Medal

Even though this might be a little self-centered I want to start with some happy news from Malmö. Tuesday the 20th of December we received the municipality award at a ceremoni in Malmö town hall.
This year we really have had a big luck and been successful. It started in May when I got the Royal Society “Pro Patrias” gold medal in Stockholm for civic virtues. Then in October we got the Malmö University award for our cooperation internal and external and  now we received the Malmö Municipality award. And never forget every time I have mentioned the Nightingale Network as a strong part of the program!

News from partners:

Dear Nightingale friends!

The Nightingale year in Porsgrunn, Telemark is well underway. Eleven new mentor – mentee couples have already spent some weeks together.
This year we are happy to have recruited children from a new school nearby our campus. We had a successful meeting together with parents, mentors, mentees, the school principal and six interpreters – and it all worked out very well!
We look forward to this new partnership. Our previous experience with the other school we have worked with for several years gives us a lot of energy!
On November 30th, we had our first joint activity with all eleven couples. Now we are looking forward to December 13th, when we will attend a big performance of the children dancing. One of our mentors is herself a dancer and she has invited us all to a free attendance.

We look forward to continue working on this meaningful project for yet another year.
Christmas is very close and we wish you all nice holidays and a happy new year!

We hope to see you all in Barcelona in June!

Best regards
Greta and Trine

Interesting reading from our partners in Norway (sorry it is only in Norwegian)

Torunns chapter in a book Socionomutdanning på Sörlandet : “Hva singer Nattergalen om?”
Nita och Heges article: kompetansutvikling gjennom mentorskap


Greetings from Halmstad- Sweden

….from a christmas party 


Greetings from San Sebastian- Spain 

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We are glad to inform you that we have started this year of mentoring with 28 couples (last year 14). We realized two different starting meetings because in a village called Hernani we are working in two schools with 9 couples and a group of volunteering people working in the project.

We send you some pictures and the video of one of the two meetings. The video has been recorded by one of the organizations supporting us (not economically) that is the Real Sociedad, our footbol soccer.


All the best,


Thank you all for your very best cooperation and excellent work! 

Thank you all for your passion making the world a little better….and remember: in our network more than 1000 mentors go to a child´s house, every week, fetch the child and make some activities together, for a mutual benefit. Meetings where a mutual learning take place, where knowledge about each other can develop and where they get access to each others world. When these bonds are created stereotypes often disappear. This is what the society needs – a concrete way to fight against xenophobia and to let people who otherwise would not met now meet. Build good relations and trust, build bridges not walls – so let us continue this work. Together we can be strong!

Now I would like to wish you a relaxing Christmas week-end and a Happy New Year!

Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.
Albert Einstein.

Warmest regards,


November Newsletter – Nightingale Zug

2016 11 23

Dear Nightingale friends

Starting to get in touch with our winter season, we are wondering how this feels in Uganda or in Iceland… Hopefully you all enjoy this time of the year in your countries!

We are pleased to get the chance to write the November Newsletter 2016.

The Nightingale year 2016/2017 in Zug, Switzerland has just started with an emotional starting festival at the beginning of November at the Guthirt primary school. 10 new mentor-mentee couples are from now on spending their Nightingale year together. Besides the children and the students, also the parents of the children took part at the festival. This gave us the chance to celebrate a warm and welcoming start with all the involved persons. Moreover, we were honored with the presence of the education director of Zug as well as the prorector of the schools of Zug. Their presence underlined the importance of this project for our region.

New Team

As you might already know, Miriam Aegerter, who leaded the Nightingale program for the past few years in Zug, is now working in other matters at our University. Together with Margrit Burri (School of Guthirt) and Claudia Meierhans (PH Zug) Mireille Gugolz is giving her best to take over the lead of this enjoyable program.

Carina want to add with some news from partners:

Östfold University Collage
have started a new Nightingale project were students meet adult immigrants. For those who understand Norwegian, read more about it here

Found in the “Catalan News” …

In the Catalan News I found an interesting article by Carla Marchesi about how immigrants represented about 16% of Catalonia’s total population, and almost 17% of those foreigners were children between 0 and 14 years old. But the ‘Rossinyol’ project contemplates these issues in its objectives…
please read more about how Rossinyol, Girona think and do.

If you have anything interesting you want to share, please send the information to Carina so we can add it into our next newsletter.
It would also be nice if you  want you to become friends with us on our
Näktergalen Facebook, there we have the opportunity to also put news from which can be spread to almost 1000 persons..

Next Newsletter

Responsible for our Newsletter the coming month is:
December: Nightingale Telemark, Norway
January: Nightingale Vienna, Graz and Salzburg, Austria
February: Nightingale Girona, Spain
March: Vianatta Iceland
April: Nightingale Uganda
May: Nightingale Stavanger, Norway

October Newsletter

2016 10 26

Dear Nightingale friends,


we are so happy to announce you that Nightingale Malmö got the Malmö University award for our internal and external cooperation. If you understand Swedish you can read the text on the diploma! …if not we think you might see the text about Malmö Nightingale role model for 24 different Nightingales in Europe and Africa and that all are included in the Nightingale network!

The Nightingale 7th Conference will be held in Barcelona

We are also happy to inform you that the network meeting will be Wednesday 14th of June ant the Conference will this time be two days: the 15th and the 16th of June.

Partners news: 
The Nightingale in Kristianstad

In Kristianstad, in the southern of Sweden, September is more warm this year. At the moment, we are doing our best to recruit new mentors, by running between the buildings at campus to inspire the students to become one of us at the Nightingale.
And we have had such a great use of the new Nightingale film from Austria, thank you! We are hoping to get hold of 25 mentors at the mid October. So we are looking forward to get started.


Last year kickoff at the Regional Museum in Kristianstad and Center of Contemporary Art.

The Nightingale year in Kristianstad starts the 12th November with a kickoff at the Regional Museum and Center of Contemporary Art. At this kickoff, the mentees and mentors are getting to know each other, by doing a quiz together that leads them around the exhibition at the museum. Throughout the exhibition there is a special children’s trail. The footprints left by skeleton Thue pass about 20 stories told from a child’s point of view, illustrated as cartoons.
At the end they will be visiting the so called Café Miró for having cinnamon bun and soft drinks. Most of the children and parents have never ever been to the museum and are not aware thats it´s for free. And the prices this day at the café are reduced just for us.
Everyone is welcoming us warmly, both the teachers at the university and the people around our municipality saying – Hey! You are doing such great job! But it’s a great challenge to get the students to join in even if they gain a lot.
Wish you all a fantastic Nightingale year! Fredrika, Sara and Cecilia


An Ecological Perspective Of Mentor Satisfaction With Their Youth Mentoring Relationsships
By Todd, & Sanchez 2016
These researchers found that mentors who were more culturally competent, had more positive relationships with their mentee’s family, and were more satisfied with their mentoring program organization tended to also be more satisfied with their mentoring relationship with mentee.
What is interesting is what predicting satisfaction for the mentors and can be vital of how we recruit and retain mentors.   Read more about it on our Research & Development page.

Next Newsletter

The idea about the Newsletter that was presented in Iceland was that partners should write our monthly Newsletter and send it to Carina. There they could add questions, come up with ideas, spread interesting research  and not only write about your own Nightingale program. 
Next partners for November is Nightingale Zug, Switzerland
December: Nightingale Telemark, Norway



September Newsletter 2016

2016 09 19

Dear Nightingale friends,
hopefully you all have had a nice relaxing summer and are  all are back with lot of energy.
As decided in Reykjavik one partner each will take care and write our Newsletter. This month it is

Nightingale Tarragona ( Proyecto Ruiseñor), Spain

The Nightinpicture-pr-tarragonagale Year is starting and we couldn’t be more exited! We are going to carry out the project in three new places this year. That makes us extremely proud because to expand the Nightingale Project Tarragona was one of our main goals!

Last year mentor-mentee pairs went to the library, the cinema, the beach… They baked cookies, made origami and visited museums. On the last day, they went to the Jungle Trek, a theme park, and they had such a great time!
This year we hope that the project will go as well as last year and it is our wish to have more mentor-mentee pairs join us.!

A bachelor thesis

We would like to introduce Morgan Deumiers interesting bachelor thesis. He has been mentor three times, in Malmö and is now working as coordinator. He was awarded for the best thesis this year at his course.

Morgan is using Bourdieu’s sociological perspective, to examining how mentoring may strengthen the mentors’ and mentees’ social and cultural capitals.

The result shows that mentors’ and mentees’ cultural capitals —linguistic capital, know-how, and knowledge — have been exchanged and strengthened. But there are also more interesting results. Please click here to read more.

Next Conference

We are happy to inform you that next conference will be held in Barcelona in June.


The webpage is updated, a lot of links to member’s webpages was not correct. However there were some pages that could not be found so please check it yourselves and let Carina know.

The board

have had it´s first meeting. You can find the Minutes on the webpage.

We want to  encourage you all to cooperate and have contact. As we decided in Reykjavik at our network meeting members should have contact with each other about “Mentoring-ideas worth spreading”

The App

Unfortunately the app is not available yet. The team that worked with the app is no longer working with the organization  so  it will not be possible to use it now in October as earlier planned. We hope we will get more news about it soon.

Do not forget to send the Annual Report!

A reminder to partners who have not send the Annual Report to Carina. Please do so. It is important to be able to compile relevant data and later disseminate it.


EUSARF Conference

14322663_10207124323973362_3538847914813591515_nSome of our Norwegian partners will join this conference in Spain and present Nightingale program. We hope to hear more from them in our next coming Newsletter.
Interesting in reading more about the Conference. Click here 


Next newsletter:

Responsible for our Newsletter the coming month is:
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
May: Nightingale Stavanger, Norway


June Newsletter 2016

2016 06 08


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!


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:

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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

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.

Newsletter March 2016

2016 03 02

Dear Nightingale friends,


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.

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

Sessions of exchange between mentors in Nightingale Barcelona.
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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Østfold, Norway

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.



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


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

2015 12 02

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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

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


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.


Kind regards Solveig

Rossinyol anniversary

Nightingale Rossinyol 10 years

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

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:

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

Carina and the board

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