Telepresence Systems in Schools for Children and Adolescents with Chronical Illnesses in Europe: A Transnational Analysis Report

Agnes Turner, Mads Lund Andersen, Vivi Friis Søgaard, Karin Christiansen, Gerda Rockenbauer, Tamina-Melanie Scherde, Clarissa Zillner, Sabrina Sakrowsky, Holger Bienzle, Mathieu Tallon, Astra Schultz, Kertu Leesmaa, Carmen Fernández-Morante, Lorena Casal-Otero, Beatriz Cebreiro, Francisco Mareque León

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With more than 520,000 long-term ill children and adolescents in the EU, every sixth classroom has an empty desk. These children struggle to recover from their illness while missing out on school experiences and loosing contact with daily school life.
The absence of children from school may therefore cause academic challenges (e.g., grade repetition or early school drop-out) as well as social and/or emotional problems. A lack of a sense of belonging and the associated feelings of social isolation are associated with other negative consequences such as secondary mental illnesses, reduced well-being, low self-esteem
and less successful coping with illness. Difficulties arise in relation to school performance but also in relationships with classmates and teachers. Every child - regardless of his or her state of health - has a right to education and to belong to a peer group. The concept of social inclusion has found its way into politics and education, in particular since the ratification of the UN
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Thus, in an inclusive society, children and young people with chronic illnesses should be included in everyday school life, regardless of their inpatient stays, medical treatments or other consequences of their illness. One may also argue that all learning opportunities and interactions must be designed to meet the interests and needs of the pupils and that they do not need to
adapt to the system.
The ABILITI project – Avatar-Based Interaction and Learning In Times of Illness - focuses on the interface between social inclusion and a strengthening of the sense of belonging for children with chronic illness, maintained by telepresence systems for everyday school life. This booklet provides an overview of telepresence systems and their use in European countries
Translated title of the contributionTelepresence systemer i skolen, til børn og unge i Europa med kronisk sygdom: En transnational analyserapport
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages79
ISBN (Print)978-3-9505404-0-6
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-9505404-0-6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2022


  • teacher education


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