Schooling for Pediatric Inpatients in Sierra Leone

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In our hospitals, the concept of “care” goes beyond medicine. It also means schools for children who have to stay there as inpatients for long periods of time, like in Sierra Leone, where each afternoon two primary school teachers come to our Center to hold remedial classes for the children staying here to receive medical treatment.

The lessons feature lots of laughter and fun, but they are no joke: with text books and copybooks, it’s just like being at school, and the teachers follow the ministerial syllabus, issuing a letter to the children’s schools when they are discharged to certify their attendance.

This is an absolutely unique, new project in Sierra Leone, organized in collaboration with a local NGO and EUROPEAID. And “who knows…one day it may also be replicated in the hospitals of Sierra Leone”, hopes Luca, our coordinator in Sierra Leone.

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