HOPE (Hospital Organisation of Pedagogues in Europe)

is a European, non profit organization, whose main aim is to support educational rights of hospitalised children according to their individual needs in a suitable environment and to ensure this education for the sick child convalescing at home. First European congress took place in 1988 in Ljubljana (Slovenia), to promote and encourage research in all aspects of hospital teaching and publish examples of good practice. For the first time in the history of HOPE, the Congress will be held in Poland.

Special School Complex no. 110

was established in 1971, when the Clinical Hospital of Poznan University of Medical Sciences came into existence. Now it is the largest paediatric hospital in Poznan.

As a union of kindergarten, primary school and secondary school we run the classes for children and adolescents aged 3 to 18. Our activities are organized in two equal areas: education and teaching. Our team of employees  consists of educators, subject teachers and kindergarten teachers. The educators are responsible for extracurricular activities. The teachers help the students to clear the backlog caused by the illness and give them the chance to continue their school duties at the same level, as at their regular schools, during their stay in  hospital. Our students have also opportunity to take external exams in our school.

We work in 14 different hospital wards. We cope with children suffering from the chronic diseases, unfortunately sometimes the incurable diseases. We work with students  individually or with the small groups of them.

We are very interested in cooperation and exchanging experience in the field of methodology of working with ill children, how to motivate them and how to deal with their parents. If you want to know more about us and our school, visit our website www.zss110.pl.


The foundation was set up a year ago in response to ever increasing problems with sick children’s access to education. Its work focuses on upholding human rights and prevention of exclusion of sick children and their families. Although it mainly works for the benefit of hospitalised children and adolescents, the foundation also supports people with disabilities and otherwise socially excluded. Aiming to support education in its broad sense, Edukadis is co-organising the upcoming HOPE Congress in Poznan.

The main aims of the foundation:

  • charity,
  • promotion and protection of health,
  • supporting individuals and groups of people affected by social exclusion and inequality, especially disabled, and sick children and adolescents,
  • supporting initiatives and schemes that have a positive impact on social environment,
  • creation and running of educational and pastoral care centres,
  • organisation of conferences, fairs, and workshops,
  • raising awareness about education, rehabilitation, and comprehensive assistance to disabled individuals, including education and training for families and professionals dealing with affected groups of people.


Kasia Haczkowska (president of Foundation)
Fundacja Edukadis
ul. Słoneczna 10
76-200 Siemianice, gm. Słupsk

e-mail: kasia.hope.pl@gmail.com
phone: +48 604532469

Honorary Scientific Patronage of the Congress

Philip Zimbardo

Philip Zimbardo is internationally recognized as the “voice and face of contemporary psychology” through his widely viewed PBS-TV series, Discovering Psychology, his media appearances, best-selling trade books, and his classic research, The Stanford Prison Experiment.

Zimbardo has been a Stanford University professor since 1968 (now emeritus), having taught previously at Yale, NYU, and Columbia University. He also continues to teach at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey (courses on the psychology of terrorism), and is professor at the Palo Alto University (teaching social psychology to clinical graduate students). Zimbardo has been given numerous awards and honors as an educator, researcher, writer, media contributor, and for service to the profession of psychology. He has been awarded the Vaclav Havel Foundation Prize for his lifetime of research on the human condition. Among his more than 400 professional publications, including 50 trade and textbooks, is the oldest current textbook in psychology, Psychology and Life, and Core Concepts in Psychology in its 7th Edition. His popular book on shyness in adults was the first of its kind, as was the shyness clinic that he started in the community and continues as a treatment-research clinic at the Palo Alto University in Palo Alto.

His current research interests are in the domain of experimental social psychology, with a scattered emphasis on everything interesting to study from: Time perspective, persuasion, madness, violence, political psychology, and terrorism. His current passion is The Heroic Imagination Project, exploring and encouraging the psychology of everyday heroes.

Noted for his personal and professional efforts to actually 'give psychology away to the public', Zimbardo has also been a social-political activist, challenging the Government's wars in Vietnam and Iraq, as well as the American Correctional System.

Zimbardo has been President of the American Psychological Association (2002), President of the Western Psychological Association (twice), Chair of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP), and now Chair of the Western Psychological Foundation, as well as the Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Policy, Education, and Research on Terrorism (CIPERT).

He is excited about his recent trade books, including: “The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil,” (Random House, 2007, paperback, 2008), “The Time Paradox: Reconstructing the Past, Enjoying the Present, Mastering the Future” (with John Boyd, Free Press, 2008), The Demise of Guys (with Nikita Duncan, TED books, 2012) and Time Cure: The dynamic new treatment for PTSD (with Richard and Rosemary Sword, Wiley, 2012).

See www.zimbardo.com, www.heroicimagination.org,  www.prisonexp.org, www.lucifereffect.com, www.demiseofguys.com,  www.thetimeparadox.com

Scientific Committee

Michele Capurso

University of Perugia

Michele started his career as a primary school teacher at the beginning of the ’90. He has worked as an Hospital teacher and as a Practical teacher training coordinator.
As a researcher Michele has published several books and articles on children’s fears and coping, understanding of illness, didactics and communication. He has been a member of the Board of HOPE (Hospital Organisation of Pedagogues in Europe) for eight years, and President for two.


Meirav Hen

Tel-Hai University

Dr. Meirav Hen is an occupational therapist, a practicing clinical psychologist, and the head of the psychology department in a mid-size academic college in northern Israel.
She is a senior lecturer, a researcher and a therapist, and also works in two hospitals as an academic advisor. Her main domain of research is issues within the fine line of education and psychology.

Jacek Pyżalski

University of Poznań

Prof Jacek Pyżalski - Special educator, professor at the Faculty of Education Studies of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and at the Occupational Medicine Institute in Łódź - in the Polish National Centre for Promotion of Occupational Health. He is also an author of numerous publications, a trainer within the scope of school communication and challenging behaviour and an expert within the scope of media education. His research interests are related to the issues of: electronic aggression, new media and mechanisms of adolescents’ online behaviour, communication at school, promotion of health and bullying and online bullying among adolescents He is the author of the first monograph on the Polish market regarding electronic aggression, entitled “Agresja elektroniczna wśród dzieci i młodzieży” [“Electronic aggression among children and adolescents”] (GWP, Sopot 2011), as well as the co-author and author of more than forty scientific projects and manager of over 60 national and international projects, including, among others: ACERISH 2, Adults Mentoring, Dragon Fly, ROBUSD and European Cyberbullying. Intervention Project. He was a scientific representative of Poland in the European Science Foundation COST IS 0801 [European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research] Action IS0801: Cyberbullying: coping with negative and enhancing positive uses of new technologies, in relationships in educational settings, and currently - COST IS 1210 Appearance Matters. Now he represents Poland in COST Actiom CA16207 European Network for Problematic Usage of the Internet. Problematic use of the internet (PUI) CA More information: www.jacekpyzalski.pl

Grzegorz Piekarski-Reichert

University of Słupsk

Grzegorz Piekarski, MA of pedagogy in the field of resocialization, pedagogical care and social work, PhD of social sciences in the discipline of pedagogy, assistant professor at the Institute of Pedagogy of the Pomeranian University in Słupsk. In 2013-2016, was the Deputy Director of the Institute of Pedagogy and Social Work at the Pomeranian University in Słupsk. From 2016, he is the Director of the Institute of Pedagogy. President of the Polish Pedagogical Society - Słupsk branch. Deputy
editor-in-chief of Journal of Pedagogy
Author of 33 articles and chapters in scientific monographs in Polish and English. His Research interests focused on the challenges, needs and opportunities of equality education, prosocial activities implemented as part of social volunteering, its determinants, types, professionalization of activities based on the idea of ​​volunteering in social work, the possibility of (re) organizing pedagogic environments .

Beata Łukomska

Head of Hospital School in Poznań

Beata Łukomska -  since 1992  she has been a teacher in School Complex no. 110 in Karol Jonscher Clinic Hospital in Poznan, since 2008 she has been the Head Teacher of this school. She shares her knowledge and experience with academic students of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan.

In 2011 she starts cooperation with HOPE ( Hospital Organisation of Pedagogues in Europe). Now, she is a member of the HOPE Committee. She focuses on the process of education of chronically ill children and providing support their families.

Kasia Wiłucka-Haczkowska

Head of Edukadis Foundation

Katarzyna Wilucka-Haczkowska is an educationalist specialising in therapeutic pedagogy, Polish language and literature, rhetoric and art therapy. Throughout her career she has worked as primary school teacher, hospital teacher and staff supervisor, university teacher. As part of her professional development she has attended numerous trainings and courses. A number of her publications deal with the area of her work and research connected with hospital education. As an initiator and coordinator she has been actively involved in multiple projects supporting and developing hospital schools at a national level. Since 2010 a member of HOPE and since 2012 a member of HOPE Board.


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