In the Times of the Pandemic

Students of the Evangelical Academy Náchod help  babysit the children of employees of the Náchod hospital

Náchod (4)In connection with the spread of the novel coronavirus, teaching was banned in schools as a result of the emergency measures in mid-March. On the very next day, the discussions about cooperation in babysitting were initiated between the district hospital and the Secondary Vocational School of Social and Health – the Evangelical Academy.

We met with great and selfless kindliness. Every working day, around ten children between the ages of four and twelve come to school, now joined by the children of pharmacy staff. In the first week, the children at the school were taken care of voluntarily by the staff themselves and the next week also by student volunteers.

Náchod (5)Children mostly use the literary drama classroom, where they can read and play various games. They use other classrooms, for example, to work on homework assigned to them by their primary school. Children love exercise, making extensive use of the gym and a small garden.

Local companies also supported the school with small gifts, which were a pleasant surprise not only for the children themselves, but also for the school management. In addition, the seamstresses sewed a lot of masks for the children as well as teachers. It is beautiful to see children’s glowing eyes and read thank-you letters from mothers whose children are begging to stay a little longer.

Thank you for your help and support!

Renata Dušková, ombudsman of the Náchod hospital

Evangelical Academy in Brno during the coronavirus crisis

Our schools are closed, but pupils, students and teachers are not idle! Since the beginning, distance learning  goes on  and we all try to manage the situation as best we can.

Several professional teachers help nurses in Brno hospitals, many students and teachers help in various ways on a voluntary basis.

Náchod (1)And what is probably most strenuous – the adult students of both of our schools were called to work by the government. This means that if necessary, they will go to hospitals or facilities providing social services – to strengthen the staff, to help clients and patients. It is no longer just theory; several students have already been called up and others are probably going to be in the coming days. It is an extremely difficult situation for them.

Thus, we try to be “close to them”, to support them, to encourage them. We stay at our computers; they go into the field. However, our students are determined to work it out. And I am very proud of them.

Marta Židková, school chaplain