On the 17 and 18 October, the second meeting of the European Network for Educational Support Projects (ENESP) took place in Hamburg. ENESP is a network of practitioners’ organisations that are involved in the educational support of school children and build strongly on resources in the immigrant communities themselves – e.g. by mostly working with mentors with migration background and/or being funded by immigrant organisations.
The network has members in four partner countries of SIRIUS, but two more countries were invited as guests and possible future members to the meeting: two organisations came from Lithuania and one from Spain. During the first day, the network was introduced to the work and interests of the guest and then discussed the possibilities and difficulties of evaluating mentor projects and their effects in schools and/or on the school performance of school children of different ages. The second day started with a very interesting field visit to a very mixed school in the neighbourhood of St. Pauli in Hamburg which is also partner school of the host project “Junge Vorbilder” at verikom. Again, all kinds of aspects related to the possible role of mentors in project work in the school itself and the strengths and constraints of mentor projects in cooperations with schools were discussed and compared across the different countries – a particularly relevant experience especially for our guests. The second day finished with a closed meeting of the member organisations of ENESP.