Written by Victoria Hislop, illustrated by Gill Smith and published by Walker Books, Maria’s Island is a compelling story for KS2 and KS3 students which follows a family impacted by leprosy, a disease which is often misunderstood. The book examines the challenges they face and how they overcome them.
Using text from Maria's Island, these educational resources, created by Walker Books, carefully and sensitively explore curriculum-based themes such as prejudice, isolation, discrimination, and most importantly, hope.
Together with Lepra's video, you can use the Maria's Island educational resources for free in your class or assembly.
Our Maria's Island virtual assembly video can be used in either class or assembly. It explores the challenges people affected by leprosy face and the vital work we do to support them. This free video includes a reading from Victoria Hislop as well as Maria's Island educational resources, both produced by Walker Books.
Use the video along side the educational resources as part of your school's fundraising for Lepra.
Over the last 50 years, Lepra have worked with schools to help educate young people about the damaging effects of the world’s oldest and most neglected disease, leprosy.
Every day 600 people will be diagnosed with leprosy; more than 50 of these will be children.
Leprosy is curable. However, due to misunderstanding and a lack of information, people affected by leprosy still experience prejudice and discrimination, many children are unable to attend school, and adults can be isolated away from their communities.
Through raising awareness, prevention, treatment and follow-up care, we stop leprosy destroying lives in India, Bangladesh, and Zimbabwe. Our work is supported by donations and fundraising.
Maria's Island text © 2021 Victoria Hislop, illustrations ©Gill Smith, Maria’s Island by Victoria Hislop & illustrated by Gill Smith, reproduced by permission of Walker Books Ltd, London, SE11 5HJ