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February newsletter with news from Austria

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.

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