The sessions at the hospital allow schoolchildren “to connect with their lives as children in a parallel space where everything is like at school”
Sonia, Andrea and Silvia (the names are fictitious to preserve the privacy of the minors) cut out words that they themselves have written, emotions, moments of their lives and feelings, which they will then paste on the ‘backpack’ that they have drawn in class to give shape the load they carry on a daily basis. “We carry beautiful things and others that weigh more, and we have to put them in order,” says Andrea, a future science student who recently underwent surgery after a bike ride through her town, Totana, ended in a painful accident from which she is still recovering in The Arrixaca. Words like ‘friends’, ‘accident’, ‘walks’, ‘family’ and ‘gifts’ slip into the ‘backpack’ of schoolgirls, who have previously read a story on the subject and discussed it with their teacher.
Sonia, the eldest of the three students, is recovering from a traffic accident that makes her look sad, but which she forgets at times in the hospital classroom, where, for a few hours, life is much more like what it was. soon he will recover, with classes, concepts to learn, classmates, homework…
“Here they reconnect with their lives as children, it is a parallel space within the hospital where the dynamics are more similar to those outside the center, and they appreciate it. Many are wanting to come and leave their room,” says Mónica Garrido, her teacher.
“Many are looking forward to coming to the classroom and leaving their room for a few hours,” says the teacher, Mónica Garrido
Silvia has only been in the hospital for a few days, where she is recovering from an operation for appendicitis. On the contrary, the admission sessions have not diverted her vocation: “When I grow up I want to be a surgeon,” the third-year Primary student says with determination as she finishes work with her two classmates for the day in the hospital classroom of La Arrixaca, entertained with a tournament of questions and answers in English that ends up winning, in a final sprint, excited. She is looking forward to going to school in Cehegín, with her usual classmates, who have already started classes, and the hours in the classroom at La Arrixaca, she says, make the wait go by a little faster.
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