Mumbai : With the objective of ensuring that cancer-affected children at Tata Memorial Hospital get proper education even while they are away from school for long durations, the hospital has started a school kids programmes in association with Impacct Foundation, Mindsprings Enrichment Centre.
The kids are allowed to choose a programme as per their interest. Kids who would like to pursue full time education are sent to Canshala, a special BMC school for cancer patients. The school programme is put together by the paediatric team of the hospital. “The school programme has been started to ensure that children continue with their education once their treatment is planned and properly started. Professional teachers of the highest calibre, with experience in ‘out of classroom’ teaching methods and a track record in out-of-the-box educational solutions have been engaged to provide a stimulating and vigorous educational program that is fun and meaningful for the children,” said a senior doctor.
On an average, 2,000 kids register with Tata hospital every year for cancer treatment, 70% of whom hail from the low income group. They added that kids stay at Tata for at least six to eight months for their treatment and they tend to miss out on education, due to which at least 50% of the kids drop out.
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