"Thanks, Khanya!" say children at Victoria Hospital
Victoria Hospital in Wynberg, a suburb of Cape Town, is home to quite a number of school going learners who, as a result of their hospitalisation, do not have access to education. Insufficient funding had resulted in the educator who had been assigned to the hospital to meet the educational needs of these learners being withdrawn.
Khanya, the award winning WCED initiative that promotes education through technology, was made aware of the educational needs of these children, particularly in the Occupational Therapy ward. After meeting with the appropriate hospital staff and the occupational therapist, May Levi, Khanya managed to source a refurbished laptop computer for donation to the children’s ward at the hospital. Appropriate educational software was donated by CAMI and loaded onto the laptop for the children to use.
Children in this ward are now able to exercise their mathematical, motor, perceptual and reading skills from their beds. Aside from the children, who no longer have to fall further and further behind their classmates as they wait for their bodies to heal, hospital staff, particularly those on the children’s ward are delighted with Khanya’s contribution. Staff have pledged their commitment to assisting their child patients with this important part of their healing process.