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Mentoring is a worthwhile investment

‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.’ 

Margaret Mead

Sixteen years of experience in the Nightingale program has convinced me that mentoring has a positive impact and supports children in their development. A mentor is a person to trust, one who is reliable, “straight talking”, honest and with whom the children have fun.

A mentor can serve as a supportive person, promoting learning and play a role of helping a child to access their rights by taking the child´s view; showing respect and treating the child with dignity.

Highschool students in Sweden talk about what it meant having a mentor. Ten years later they talk about how their voices have been heard and experiences of participation are a prominent theme.

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