More than a thousand admitted boys and girls go to the hospital classroom to not miss the rhythm of school

The new Delegate for Educational Development and Vocational Training and for the University, Research and Innovation of the Junta de Andalucia in Córdoba, José Francisco Viso, visited today the classroom of the Reina Sofia Hospital, accompanied by the Delegate for Health and Consumer Affairs, María Jesus Botella, and the Managing the director of the center, Valle García, to understand how this program works, the work of the teachers who develop a personalized educational plan with each of the hospitalized boys and girls, and the spaces in which they teach.

The first stop was the second floor of the SBAL, where the Hospital Classroom is located, attended by hospitalized minors whose health allows them to leave their rooms. In total, the teaching team consists of three people, one male and two female teachers, who take care of more than a thousand boys and girls a year, who for various reasons need income to improve their health.

The priority of these professionals is to normalize the stay of the students and maintain contact with their educational centers of origin, with the aim that their time in the hospital does not interrupt their educational development. To do this, in addition to the hospital classroom, the teaching team offers individual attention in the rooms of these minors who cannot move. For this reason, the delegates also visited the Department of Onco-Hematology, where teachers work daily with hospitalized children.

The education delegate appreciated the work of these teachers “whose priority is to normalize the stay of the students, to encourage them to keep in touch with their friends without neglecting the development of their curriculum”. More specifically, the hospital teachers take care of the students admitted on the different floors of the center (2nd, 3rd, 5th of the maternity and children’s and also on the floors of the general hospital when necessary).

The Delegate for Health and Consumer Affairs, María Jesus Botella, also appreciated the importance of this program, which is another example of how it works in the Hospital of Córdoba, “looking for the best option for the patient, adapting resources to their needs and work in a team with all staff involved, whether they belong to the same discipline or not’.

An example of the involvement of this team of professionals in the hospital is that it is part of the subcommittee on humanizing the children’s field, because the right to education humanizes hospital care. Precisely one of the measures that has most helped to normalize the stay is the construction of a cinema, which they also visited today, to which minors have access during their stay in the hospital.

Coordination is the foundation

Jose Mata, one of the teachers at the hospital, explained that last year a total of 1,066 students from different educational stages (kindergarten, primary, secondary, bachelor and cycles) visited. “With each of them we have made an individual plan, together with the trainers of their centers of origin, keeping in mind their schedules and, of course, adapting it to their state of health.”

Coordination in this educational program is essential so that the student can rejoin his class as normally as possible after going through the process that brought him to the hospital. In this sense, the teacher explains, “new technologies helped us a lot, such as the Classroom platform, with which we were able to connect, to have access to the material that the rest of our classmates work on in class, etc. .”

Also, the teaching team of the hospital always tries to establish online links with educational centers so that they can also get virtual classes from their teachers in certain subjects and interact with their classmates.

In addition to the coordination with the educational field, the team work that the hospital teachers carry out with the other health professionals, because some of these children require special care and it is necessary to adapt the training to their needs. In this way, Francisca Garrido and Marian Vega, the other two teachers at the hospital, emphasize the good coordination with all the staff “who value our work and are aware of the importance of homework and emotional support in the healing of the students”.

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