According to Agneta Grunditz, hospital teacher, Board Member of HOPE and of the Swedish Hospital Teachers’ Association, although these teachers are highly motivated, they are facing three main issues; money, time and recognition. Organisation and repartition of costs are often different according to the country. “Financial issues by the time being become very prominent, some government cut down the salary of hospital teachers as it is not seen as a priority. If we are more visible and known hospital teachers can help each other, they will belong to a stronger network”, explains Agneta Grunditz. HOPE believes that eTwinning can offer the visibility and recognition among peers that they need.
This is why HOPE decided to become a friend of eTwinning and use the tools we provide: “eTwinning is a great support to implement our action as it allows us to better communicate, through the Teachers room HST (you can find it on your Desktop) for example, and get in touch with a world we knew little about before the PDW in Gothenburg. It is a great opportunity to share good practices; thanks to eTwinning we just do it”.
eTwinning has been invited to the conference “Hospital teaching in changing times –Education of sick children and adolescents in relation to active aging”, which will be held between the 8th and the 13th of October 2012 in Amsterdam (NL).
As Anne Frank wrote, “Where there's hope, there's life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again.” Let’s hope HOPE succeeds in continuing to provide education for children in hospitals.