Going to school in hospital

KUALA LUMPUR - When Jeniffer Roy grows up, she wants to be a primary school teacher, teaching English and Tamil, as those are her favourite subjects.

To achieve her ambition, she said, she has to study hard and do well in her exams.

The shy 10-year-old is unable to go to school as much as she would like, as she is frequently in and out of the hospital due to acute asthma attacks.

Fortunately for young patients like Jennifer, she has the Sekolah Dalam Hospital (School In Hospital) programme that helps her catch up with the lessons she misses at school.

"Today I learned about human anatomy," she said when met at the paediatric ward in Hospital Ampang where she was admitted on Wednesday following an attack.

Jennifer, who was accompanied by her brother John Agimas, 14, added that the daily lessons also made her stay at the hospital more enjoyable.

She is one of 12 primary and secondary school students who are currently benefitting from the programme at Hospital Ampang, which is run by four teachers teaching Science, English, Bahasa Malaysia and Mathematics.

The programme started in July last year and has so far been implemented in Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Hospital Ampang and Hospital Serdang.

It is an initiative via Projek Hati Nurani under the Nurul Yaqeen Foundation, and is managed in collaboration with the Education and Health ministries.

After a visit to the hospital yesterday, the Deputy Prime Minister's wife, Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman the patron of the foundation announced at a press conference that a second phase of the programme would soon be launched that will see the programme implemented at more hospitals throughout the country.

However, she said, the names of the hospitals would only be announced after plans for the second phase had been finalised.

"I am very encouraged by how well the programme has been running, as it ensures that every student here has the opportunity to be educated, even if they have to stay in hospital," she said.

Noorainee also presented patients in the Hospital Ampang paediatric ward with food hampers and duit raya, in conjunction with the upcoming Raya celebrations.

Currently, 668 secondary and primary schools students as well as 83 pre-schoolers are benefitting from the programme.

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