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New app focuses on literacy

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By Evelyn Osagie

Digital providers, WGI Worldwide Company and GE, are set to expand literacy in many underserved communities worldwide with the launch of a new App, Lyra, to commemorate this year’s World Literacy Day on Tuesday.

The app co-developed by WGI and GE uses innovative advanced speech recognition and touch screen analysis to teach reading and writing.

Lyra, according to the developers, will initially teach users how to read and write in English, and will be offered for free to people in need of literacy skills the most.

“We realised that while there will never be enough teachers, there are enough mobile devices, and they are already in the hands of people who can benefit from literacy training. We worked quickly to bring on new teachers and set up programs in new communities, we wanted to do more, given the urgent need.

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“The app’s 26 modules are based on the evidence-based synthetic phonics approach to literacy and build on the foundation of WGI’s six years of in-person education,” WGI Chairman, CEO and Founder, Chance Wilson, said.

Nabil Habayeb, President and CEO of GE Global, who is championing the partnership, says: “With so many people isolated and in need of developing new skills, Lyra can help meet a critical demand in underserved communities that have little or no access to literacy resources – a situation made even more dire in the wake of COVID-19.”

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