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Rabat children's hospital inaugurates an educational multimedia space

15-04-2008 (Paris)
Rabat children's hospital inaugurates an educational multimedia space
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UNESCO and the French association Docteur Souris (Doctor Mouse) launch today an educational multimedia space at the Rabat children's hospital in Morocco. It took one year to prepare premises, install computer systems, adapt the interface to Arabic language and culture, and train a local team. The cyberspace offers 15 laptops, a wifi Internet connection, educational space dedicated to young patients, as well as an animated interface in Arabic for small children.
This project is a new one for the region and for the hospital which takes care of children from disadvantaged communities and rural areas. Elaborated thanks to the French Association experience, this cybercentre aims at using information and communication technologies (ICT) to improve hospital conditions of sick and handicapped children.

The computer solution developed for the project aims at breaking children's isolation from familiar environment and allowing them, in spite of their condition, to live a normal life: to develop, to learn, to communicate. This is also the way to contribute to their well being by transforming a digital link into a social one.

In this hospital, children and teenagers will now benefit from a variety of tools and services: email, chart, video, Internet, contact directory, DVD, music, etc. The system also comprises digital educational games adapted to local needs. They were developed by the students from ENSIAS engineering school of Rabat, who will ensure technical maintenance of the system through weekly visits to the hospital.

This model of an educational cyberspace aimed at supporting hospitalised children is an innovative solution based on the network of local competences and the combination of local and international partnerships.

Since 2003, Docteur Souris has equipped 50 children's services in 6 French hospitals. It has now accepted the challenge to use the same model in a Southern country. The association is elaborating a methodology for wide dissemination of this now-how, free of charge, in order to respond to educational needs of persons excluded from the traditional educational system (refugees, rural population, prisoners etc.).
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