Learning Program Parent
“Never underestimate the impact one happy day at school can mean to a child with serious illness.”
The vision of the Ronald McDonald House Charities Learning Program is to educate, empower and advocate for school aged students living with a serious illness or injury. The program is aimed at helping children who have suffered a serious illness return to school, by providing them with individualised educational support tailored to suit their specific needs.
More often than not, following a serious illness, a child’s self-esteem and efficiency has diminished and they feel inadequate in the classroom and disconnected from their peers. There are serious gaps in the education system when it comes to support children living with chronic illness or injury, and they can very easily fall further behind, or even cease attending school altogether. With the support of the Learning Program these children do not slip through the cracks and are able to receive the support and advocacy they need to succeed, now and into the future.
The program is tailored to the specific needs of each child, in addition to supporting the broader family and school. It includes: -
• Education tuition;
• Education liaison between students, families and schools;
• A professional development program to assist teachers;
• Professional development opportunities for tutors;
• Educational activities for children staying at Ronald McDonald House; and
• Fostering relationships with other organisations to source the most appropriate support for students.
When a child has been seriously ill, it can have a lifelong impact on their education and future wellbeing if no intervention is provided. The Learning Program is a life-changing initiative which directly supports students and their families. It helps students reach their fullest potential.
Because of the positive impact the Learning Program has on a student, it reduces the adverse impact of the illness on the entire family and the community. Greater Charitable Foundation funding will ensure that up to 200 students will be supported by the Learning Program over the next two years.