Intercultural Mentoring for Schools

2,000 Euro Prize

winner 8
Year:
2017
Country/Region:
Vienna
Sector:
Civil Society/Social Economy
Fields of action:
Kindergarten pedagogy / schools & college institutions
Migration / Interculturalia / Ethnicity
Age of the target group:
19 - 25 years = young adults
12 - 18 years = youths
0 - 11 years = children
Gender of the target group:
all genders
Project owner:
Plattform für Kulturen, Integration und Gesellschaft
Responsible person:
Mag. Dr. Susanne Binder
Website:
http://www.univie.ac.at/alumni.ksa/index.php/projektberichte/interkulturelles-mentoring-fur-schulen.html

What is it about?

Multilingual students with a migration- or refugee-background regularly go to schools in Vienna and St. Pölten to support the pupils. The mentors are role-models and motivate the children to study. They help to increase their self-confidence and self-esteem. The mentoring-program has been running since 2010, today we work with 40 mentors and 26 primary, secondary, grammar and economical schools.

Appreciation of the Jury

“Intercultural Mentoring” is innovative in a relaxed way. It is professionally constructed and offers a clear framework as well as continuity. That is why it can be applied to concrete needs in a school or in a class. It is essential that it only takes place inside school and always in coordination with the teacher in charge. Reflection and documentation happen continuously. Success is unequivocal. The mentor as an example strengthens the student’s self-confidence, her or his biography shows the student what is possible, and the adult’s concrete attention motivates him or her to learn. Overall, the mentors’ work by no means has a selective effect – rather, it strengthens the entire class community.