Nightingale - Mentoring (English)

"Nightingale-Mentoring" is an international mentoring concept (see ), a programme of Osterreichische Kinderfreunde since 2010 (Verein Gemeinsam) and tailor-made for educationally disadvantaged children, who hardly ever have the possibility of taking part in art and cultural events. Every year about 180 children from financially disadvantaged families with a background of migration are teamed with students as mentor who accompany them to museums, libraries, a theatre, cinema, playground or sports events etc. The objective is to raise the self-esteem of these children and to support their various skills.

The young people aged between 8 and 12 years old acquire cultural assets from the wider community, improve their knowledge of German, in this way get to know the town and also learn a number of practical skills such as using public transport, finding their way around town, swimming, cycling, cooking or baking something etc.

The experiences they have together touch both children and students and very often lead to long friendships between the children, their families and their mentors. This programme has many links to education, schooling, learning languages, mobility, children’s rights, access to art and culture, integration, migration etc. and includes numerous chances for development and opportunities both for the young people and for the students who plan to work with children as a profession.

Nightingale is available in Vienna, Graz, Salzburg and Linz. There are co-operations with the universities and the teacher-training colleges. Some of them have Nightingale as compulsory teaching practice.

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