Buddy & The national Education MINISTRY
Never without my class: 1750 Buddy robots in schools
TED-i : A unique educational inclusion project in the world
The Ministry of National Education launched this national TED-i program, providing for an initial allocation of 4,000 robotic telepresence systems, intended to be allocated to children and young people, from kindergarten to university, who are prevented by the illness, hospitalized or kept in chronic home care.
Each year, nearly 12,000 students per year are hospitalized for long periods. For these students, the continuity of their school career must be ensured whatever their situation if their hospitalization conditions allow it.
Educational support at home at the hospital or at school (APADHE) is put in place, aiming to maintain educational continuity. In addition and in order to ensure social continuity, namely the human connection with the student’s teachers and classmates, the Ministry of National Education provides tele-presence robots to educational establishments ranging from the start of the primary cycle to university for young children, young adolescents and adults who are seriously ill and for long periods of time, to allow them to continue learning while preserving the link with the school or establishment original.
TED-i aims to mitigate the consequences of the break with the school or training environment of isolated young people, and to facilitate their return to class, both for learning and for the pursuit of real inclusion and socialization.