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Agenda for Malmö Network Meeting 2014

2014 09 12

Please click here to download the agenda for the network meeting in Malmö the 23th of October

Warm welcome to Malmö all network partners. We will start at 2 o´clock and finish at approximately at 5 o´clock and in the evening we will have dinner together.

Nightingale Växjö, Sweden, proudly presents a new film!

2014 06 25
With this we hope that we´ll get many new applicants. It´s in Swedish, but hopefully you´ll take a short break for 6 minutes and 11 seconds and just watch it as an inspiration:

The Final Parting of ways

2014 05 19

Nattergalen in Ostfold, Norway have had their parting of for this semester.

Please read more (if you understand norwegian) about the event and how they it involved kites here…

Famous Sports Star Carolina Klüft Visits Nightingale!

2014 04 08

 

The famous sport star Carolina Klüft visited The Nightingale Mentoring project in Växjö. Carolina is one of the most successful athletics in Swedish sport history and a role model for a lot of children and adolescents. Nightingale Växjö is producing a film to spread the important societal and individual value of the project, to consolidate the important aspect of mentors as role models, Carolina is a part of the movie and talks about her experiences.

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In connection with the movie making process two mentor pairs had the opportunity to meet and talk to Carolina, you can see two pictures from the meeting with Carolina and the mentor pairs below.

Thank you Carolina!

Nightingale friends, please like and share our pictures on Facebook!

Hello Nightingale friends, we proudly present “the pair of the month”

2014 03 24

Kastrjot from Kosovo and Marianne Schlüter from University in Østfold, Norway.

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Newsletter From Iceland

2014 03 20

You can download a newsletter from our friends in Iceland as a word document here.

The Nightingale project in Iceland

In Iceland the project is titled “Mentorverkefnið vinátta” (e. Mentoring Project Friendship) and is managed in accordance with the ideology of the Nightingale. It originated in Malmö, Sweden and arrived here in 2001. For the first three years it was run as a developmental project  but every year since then it has become a part of the curriculum of the University of Iceland, the University of Reykjavík and 5 to 8 junior colleges, including three junior colleges located in rural areas.

The project’s edification differs in line with the educational level of the mentors. Junior college students focus on the time spent with “their” child and in the end hand in a diary where they give an account of each occasion/meeting. Whilst the University students must hand in a diary for every meeting with “their” child, are required to read the Handbook of Youth Mentoring (edited by DuBois & Karcher) and turn in an assignment at the end of the semester. In addition the project manager and the mentors sign a contract wherein both parties agree to a certain code of conduct. When applying for mentorship, candidates must include at least two references. For students at the junior college level participation in the project equals a full course at the senior year but the University students earn 6 ECTS credits and an additional 20,000 Icelandic Krónur.

Mentors take an introductory program at the beginning of the semester, one for junior college students and one for the University students. Regular events are held throughout the semester. On the first day of the project mentors and the children along with their parents meet up and are introduced to each other. Furthermore the participants go to the theater, have a night of Bingo in January, take a guided tour through a museum and have one, final celebration at the end of the project.

The project has aimed at cooperating with local authorities when organizing the abovementioned events which has for example resulted in free admission to museums, swimming pools and skiing areas.

The number of mentors range from around 70-80 individuals and females form a vast majority. In most cases parents apply for their children´s participation but in some cases teachers or employees within the schools recommend a child´s participation. The majority of child participants are of foreign descent or come from single parent households, are somehow socially challenged or come from a large group of siblings.  Parents sign a contract wherein they commit themselves to help form and maintain the relationship between child and mentor.

The project has been run by Velferðarsjóður barna á Íslandi (e. Icelandic Children Welfare found) since its beginning here in Iceland.

Best regards

Halldóra og Björk

Bingo-evening in January 2014:

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Meeting for the first time (October 2013)

Meeting for the first time (October 2013) 

Hello Nightingale friends, we proudly present “the two pairs of the month”

2014 03 05

– Linus and Alexandru plus Ednora and Emma, from Växjö, Sweden!

We have been at a hockey game, Växjö Lakers vs Brynäs, Lakers won by 7-2J. Other things we have done are: bowled, which was funny, but unfortunately Linus (the mentor) won the game, dived from the trampoline at Medley, Växjö public bath, played drums at the Linnaeus University,  a taco evening with some of our Nightingale friends and played some games, such as charades etc.

Linus and Alexandru (“The Kings”)

Linus & Alexandru (“The Kings”)

Everything is fun when you as a child have an adult friend, but it’s even more fun when an adult can be a child again and that thanks to Näktergalen :)
Ednora and Emma

Ednora and Emma

Ednora & Emma

Nightingale International day the 24th of February

2014 02 18

In honour of celebrating Nightingale International day on Monday the 24th of February, here are a selection of photos capturing wonderful moments between lovely mentors and mentees brought together by Nightingale. Click on the photos to see larger versions:

Merry Christmas!

2013 12 18

Växjö wish you all Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!
Håkan & Alexander

International Day of Peace

2013 09 21

“On this International Day of Peace, let us pledge to teach our children the value of tolerance and mutual respect.  Let us invest in the schools and teachers that will build a fair and inclusive world that embraces diversity.  Let us fight for peace and defend it with all our might.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/index.shtml