Intercultural Mentoring tools to support migrant integration at school (INTO) Implementation of Intercultural Mentoring Programme in Cyprus

In the framework of the INTO project CARDET implemented the intercultural mentoring programme in Cypriot schools. For the purpose of the piloting, 15 teachers and 8 students were engaged by our organisation. During the programme each student – mentor was responsible to support and guide his mentee as well as to keep notes in his diary.

Intercultural Mentoring tools to support migrant integration at school (INTO) Implementation of Intercultural Mentoring Programme in Cyprus

In the framework of the INTO project CARDET implemented the intercultural mentoring programme in Cypriot schools. For the purpose of the piloting, 15 teachers and 8 students were engaged by our organisation. During the programme each student – mentor was responsible to support and guide his mentee as well as to keep notes in his diary. In the same way teachers – coordinators were responsible to guide and support both mentors and mentees.

According to them the programme was successfully implemented and it had a positive impact on teachers, mentors and mentees. Students took advantage of this opportunity, they met their classmates from other countries and they organized events aiming to present and promote the culture of other countries. Teachers were excited with the idea of intercultural mentor and they committed that they will promote this idea during the next school year in order to support not only migrant students but also newcomers.

Regarding the effect of this programme, it is worth noting that it had a positive impact on the performance of migrant students (mentees) as well as on their behavior and socialization. The grades were not extremely improved but mentees were more confident during the work in class as well as during the breaks and after school. More specifically migrant students (mentees) seemed to be easily integrated in school community and they started to take initiatives.

The data collected during the implementation of this programme will be analysed in the next few months in order to upgrade the toolkits used during the piloting. The final version of the material will be delivered on October 2015.