The Wallah We Can Foundation, in association with the Ministries of Education, Health as well as the partner Association in France « Investissons Dans l’Enfance-IDE » let us invest in Childhood, announced the launch of the project “Wallah We Care”.
Promoter and founder of Wallah We Can, Lotfi Hamadi announced on November 16, jointly with the President of the Foundation, Ghofrane Heraghi, the launch of « Wallah We Care », which aims to rehabilitate the premises of the old Rabta School, to make it a school for students needing long-term hospital care at Charles Nicolle hospital, as well as a drop-in Centre for children at risk (victims of abuse).
With a 750-square meter area, the new school “La Colline”, soon to be refurbished, will contain a kitchen, four classrooms, a multipurpose room, a library and a garden. It will host sick children and children at risk.
A meeting with the press was organized at the abandoned premises, located in Charles-Nicolle hospital, which will now become “ La Colline School”, with attendance of Minister of Education Neji Jalloul, Mrs Samira Merai Friâa, Minister of Public Health and officials of the association “Wallah We Can”.
“The idea of this project is part of the educational reform, which we are working on, mainly based on the principle of fairness, because education is a right for children, whether they are healthy or sick. They have the right to education, “says the Education Minister.
“The Ministry of Education will propose other projects for children with special needs and those suffering from learning disabilities. Another initiative called the “Second Chance” project, which will be announced soon, is working to reintegrate pupils who have dropped out of their schools and vocational training centres, “he said.
Néji Jalloul also explained that the redevelopment of the new school “la Colline” is the third project after others already carried out, like a school in the Salah-Azaiez hospital and the refitting projects of schools will be scheduled in all regional hospitals.
“It is the Wallah We Can association that finances the entire project and as of today, we start the work of rehabilitation of this abandoned building to transform it into a school for sick children. The project will be completely finalized in 6 months, to accommodate students for the next school year, “he added.
For her part, Minister of Public Health Samira Meraï Friâa announced that this project, which is devoted to those coming from the interior regions and those suffering from chronic diseases, encourages them not to drop out of school and continue their studies under favourable conditions. “Restoring life to the hospital would be beneficial for sick children and citizens because a hospital should have a bank, a Social Fund (Cnam) service, a school to facilitate the life of the citizen,” she said.
Nearly “145 pupils will be hosted in this school among children during hospital care (long-term Charles-Nicolle hospital care) and children at risk (street children, abandoned children, illegitimate …).
The school, which has been closed since 2009, will now become “La Colline” school and will be the first school in the Arab and African world to accommodate hospitalized children and children at risk from all regions “said Mrs Ilhem Barboura El Kader, Chargée de Mission at the Ministry of Education.
President of the “Wallah We Can” said that the project is part of the fight against the phenomenon of school-leaving among children. As of today, there are over 100 thousand children who do not attend school. The association works with the two ministries to reintegrate children into schools.
In turn, Founder of “Wallah We Can” Association Lotfi Hamadi said that “Wallah We Can” also aims to rehabilitate the 339 boarding schools of the Republic through ecological and sustainable economic solutions in order to guarantee a better living and learning environment for over 150, 000 pupils.