Meet Matilda

Matilda has been a teacher for 29 years and has spent the past nine teaching children with cancer on the day care ward at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) in Ghana. The hospital, supported by World Child Cancer, has provided Matilda and the other teachers with ongoing specialized training on how to teach and support children at the hospital.  

Matilda highlights the importance of education for children with cancer:  

“Even the sight of [the teachers] gives the children relief when they are sick...they are not left idle and can carry on their normal schooling.”  

Hospital schools are different from normal schools in that, while there is some group work, all children are treated individually based on their strengths, health, and ability. However, teaching resources can sometimes be limited in these schools; Matilda explained that there were many issues before World Child Cancer started supporting KBTH. "There were not enough resources, and the hospital is still in need of more books related to the curricula planned by the teachers, but we have so much more now” 

“There’s now a TV and I have a pen drive, so we put nursery rhymes on and shows that teach maths. The children love it. They enjoy the cartoons and learn from the colors and shapes.” 

Reflecting on her experience teaching at KBTH, Matilda cited a five-year-old girl who broke her hand and had her fingers amputated, yet still lights up when she can learn from the teachers.  

“After you work you see the children happy, and you feel that joy from them.”  

Your support equips teachers like Matilda with the necessary skills to bring the joy of learning to children with cancer during their hospital stays. This helps ensure that there is a minimal gap in their schooling and ultimately prepares them for a seamless readjustment to a happy, healthy childhood.