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Having recently returned from teaching synthetic phonics to teachers in Malawi's rural villages, I cannot stress how vital this is. The technology angle adds a different dimension that opens the door for discussions about entitlement, access and pedagogical approach utilising available resources. I agree with Linda Coveney: all children should have the opportunity to read and write ... and become life-long learners in the process.
Imagine trying to count change, if you don't know what the price is. Imagine trying to catch a bus, but not being able to read where the bus is going or what time it will arrive. Imagine having to give someone medication & not being able to read the instructions for the correct dosage. It could be life-threatening.
This isn't just about academia, but more importantly life skills, contributing to the community & preparing children for adulthood in a progressive and caring world. I wish the Project Team every success & more with this initiative. It is needed and I applaud their enthusiasm and dedication to make it happen!