January 13, 2017
Digital literacy empowers children
The World Literacy Foundation is an organisation that believes blending traditional education methods with technology has the greatest impact on literacy outcomes. Empowering children through e-learning unlocks many new opportunities and has the ability to break the poverty cycle. There is no doubt that digital learning is more engaging, interactive and fun. It motivates and empowers children with qualitative, enriching and creative content. Digital learning is one of the most effective and valuable styles of learning, actively supporting teachers and students In new areas across education.
Millions of classrooms around the world lack basic educational materials. Students struggle to receive a primary education as their schools simply have no textbooks. When the classrooms do have books, often these are in other languages, negatively exerting their attitudes and interest towards learning. This lack of interest ensues students to drop out, widening the literacy gap and making them more vulnerable to intergenerational poverty.
Sun Book tablet
There is no excuse why technological innovation and digital literacy cannot leverage to developing countries. The Sun Book tablet is an initiative of the World Literacy Foundation that is responding to the urgent need of teaching resources in the world’s poorest and remote classrooms. Children in these under-resourced environments often share a single textbook, or try to learn with no textbook at all. In this information-rich age, this is not acceptable. The Sun Book solar-powered tablet is a sustainable solution for the millions of classrooms that have no electricity and no Internet. It brings quality textbooks and learning materials into the classroom on a single device. The digital library is based on localised, customised and enriching content that suits the learning needs of teachers and students.
Digital literacy empowers children
Twesigye is 8 years old, she was born in the Gulu region, Northern Uganda. She had never owned a book.
“I like to read to books, but we don’t have a library at our school.”
She knew she would never complete primary school because her parents didn’t value education. Twesigye loved school and interacting with other students. However, she mentioned that her school lacked learning materials and many of her peers were losing interest. Twesigye feared this would be her last year attending school as her parents believed she was not learning anything new or gaining additional skills.
The rate of children dropping out is significantly high in Ugandan primary schools. As classrooms are lacking basic learning materials, students are losing interest in their education. This is becoming more apparent and prevalent in Uganda. Statistics show that of the 1,847,166 students who enrolled in primary 1 in Uganda, only 460,128 completed the last year of primary school, thus, only 25% of students completing primary school.
“Children’s books cost a lot of money and we can’t afford them. At school we have started using the ‘Sun Book tablet’ with lots of books on it. The teacher says l can read a new book each day. I am very happy.” -Twesigye
Since the Sun Books tablets were distributed to her school, her attendance is much higher and her literacy and numeracy skills have progressed significantly. Twesigye has become so motivated, every day after school she practices reading with her younger brothers and sisters. For Twesigye, education is empowering her, growing her self-esteem and self-confidence. She learnt new skills and now believes that through education she sees a future where she can achieve anything. Due to her outstanding results from the tablet lessons, her parents have agreed to let her stay in school.
Twesigye was one of the many students in her school missing out on a quality education. Uganda, is a country where the majority still lives in poverty, where the classrooms do not have enough books. In some classes, some children can go through years of schooling without ever seeing a single textbook. Nor can they connect to the Internet or have electricity. Therefore, they cannot access the plethora of learning resources enjoyed by their peers in wealthier countries.
Support their future
Digital literacy is crucial in providing children in the poorest countries with lifelong opportunities. The Sun Book tablet encourages children to learn, read and interact with customised, local content to better their literacy and life skills. Connecting students through literacy on the Sun Book tablet empowers them to fulfil their full potential in learning.
If you believe:
- Every child should be able to get a quality education
- Poverty does not have to define a child’s future
- Children should get the chance to dream big and reach their potential
Then you can take action or give directly as we distribute the Sun Book tablets.
Contribute today to provide a Sun Book tablet to a classroom in Northern Uganda. Your donation can change the lives of many, unlocking new opportunities for students. Donating a Sun Book tablet will give a class of children a complete digital library and an opportunity to receive a quality education. Let’s work together to empower children and provide them with the education they need to break through poverty.
Learn more about how you can support Sun Book tablet at SunBookTablet.org