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New e-learning scheme to enhance literacy

11 November 2013, 20:38

Nairobi - GraphoGame, a new e-learning platform, is poised to improve literacy levels in the country.

Local first graders in two local schools are learning to read using this application with the support of Wärtsilä, the power firm.

The application was originally developed in the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

Wärtsilä is now financially supporting a pilot project in Nairobi, which is part of a larger effort to launch the game in several African countries.

GraphoGame has been in use in Finland for almost ten years and has more than 250 000 registered users.

It aims to teach first graders the very basic language skills which are crucial for learning to read. At present the university and its international research collaborators are working to extend the service to new languages and countries.

The Kenya project, which Wärtsilä is now supporting, is the first effort to localize the game for an African language.

“We are confident that the GraphoGame approach that has been taken into use in Finnish schools can help also Kenyan children to become fluent readers. It is important to learn the first steps in the local language and we can help with that,” said Professor Ulla Richardson from the University of Jyväskylä.

“Learning has improved in the classroom. The game should be introduced to the whole school as it helps learning a lot especially in classes with huge number of pupils,” stated teacher from Kibera Primary School.

- CAJ News


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