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
With more than twenty five years of experience in the Nightingale program I am thoroughly convinced that mentoring has a positive impact on children, mentors and the society as whole. A mentor plays a crucial role as a supportive person, promoting learning and support children in their development and strengthen their self esteem. Mentoring is also fun, getting to know another person, having a nice spare time together, doing activities and visit places.
Moreover, it provides a unique opportunity for children to visit the University, listen to mentors share their own paths to higher education, and give future hope.
For mentors, this experiences offers a unique possibility to see the world through a child´s perspective, demonstrating respect and treating them with dignity. But also develop a lot of competencies for example communication skills, leadership ability, problem solving ability. Additionally, these are competencies that are often sought after in many job advertisements.
What appeals to me about mentoring is the double benefits of joy and learning, along with the opportunity to connect with others who are often different from oneself. It is a possibility to see each others as individuals and not as spoke persons for particular religious – or ethnic groups.
Mentoring offers individual learning opportunities, breaking into each other’s lives and thinking. For students, it provides a unique chance to acquire new knowledge and insight into the diverse lives and living conditions of children.
I firmly believe that personal interaction can alter attitudes quicker than information ever can. When bonds of friendship are sealed, prejudices tend to dissipate. The Nightingale in its essence, is about building bridges, not walls- a crucial step towards creating a sustainable society.
This can’t be read in a book
In the Nightingale mentoring program we currant have students who were once mentees and have now transitioned into the role of mentors as university students. The Nightingale operates as a recycle initiative, with individuals who benefited from mentoring giving back by becoming mentors themselves.
A heartfelt thank you goes out to all 24 partner countries and cities involved in the Nightingale concept. Their collaboration makes it possible for over thousand children and mentors to come together every week across Europe. These meetings involve engaging in various activities and learning from each other, embodying a win-win concept.
If you are intrigued and want to know more or are considering starting a Nightingale program, please feel free to reach out to us. Your curiosity is welcome, and we’re here to assist you.