Lessons are being held at the children’s ward at Mater Dei hospital, for those who are there long-term. In co-operation with the hospital and educational authorities, resources have been dedicated both in the form of teachers as well as educational material so that sick children can keep up with their schooling.
A long-term illness for children can disrupt their educational progress, but through this collaboration with the Department of Education, teachers and LSA’s are provided who can assist children to do their exams even while they are in the hospital.
Ivy Caruana said, “we have children who unfortunately spend a long time here, so when the syllabus is set we contact the schools so that we can proceed accordingly”.
This service at the hospitals is supported by educational tools such as new books which are donated by the National Literacy Department and educational exercises which the children do at school.
Ivy Caruana added, “the relationship which is built is wonderful, because you are helping them step by step during these difficult moments in their lives.”
The children’s wards all have play rooms and a library, where they are also given interactive lessons through games which have been adapted according to the various age groups.