MTN drives launch of award-winning literacy app to significantly grow the number of children able to read for meaning
MTN SA Foundation has partnered with Bellavista S.H.A.R.E., a division of Bellavista School, and USA-based non-profit Curious Learning, to pilot an award-winning child literacy app which signifsouthpta norustenburgicantly enhances reading fluency and comprehension.
Urgent action is needed as a lack of access to reading material and textbooks are two of the main reasons that 78% of South African children in grade 3 still can’t read for meaning. This is not helped by the fact that only 29% of the poorest primary schools in the country reportedly have access to in-school libraries.
The pilot of the ground-breaking app, called ‘Feed the Monster’, helps make learning the fundamentals of reading more meaningful and fun, while reaching out to a wide community. In recognition of the importance of using the mother tongue to foster literacy at foundation level, MTN has played a key role in facilitating the localisation of the solution into all 11 official languages in South Africa.
The app addresses all aspects of reading and bridges the gap between literacy skills and fluent reading. Because the ability to comprehend and understand the meaning of words is crucial to successful knowledge and skills transfer, the launch of the app ties in with MTN’s ongoing commitment to help improve literacy, education and skills so that the immense opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution can be provided to more children across the country.
Additionally, tools like this go a long way to address technological illiteracy and help to develop the necessary skills needed in today’s digital world.
MTN SA Foundation hopes to be able to assist thousands of vulnerable students across South Africa with the launch of this exciting new initiative.