Children’s Illiteracy Surges
It has been reported that the number of children struggling with literacy, as a result of lockdown learning, is rising by 30,000 over the past year. And, if that’s not shocking enough, according to unpublished government figures revealed this week, more than 200,000 primary school pupils could make the transition to secondary school without the adequate literacy skills for their age.
The Government is expected to unveil a new four-year ‘emergency plan’ in May, as a direct response. This could include after-school and holiday clubs as well as small group tutoring. But, is manpower enough to solve this?
Kim Antoniou, Founder/CEO of Auris Tech Ltd., the ground breaking voice technology for literacy, thinks that with the use of smart, safe technology, the gap can be balanced out and says, “You can reach more children with technology. There’s no way reading can get back on track without it. Technology is the greatest way to reach people and, it is a great leveller”.
If digital platforms are the foundation of future learning, smart technology applications are the perfect partners to guarantee success. Kim explains, “Digital learning with smart AI and safe technology is a recipe for success. It provides a level playing field to all pupils, not just those within a radius of a school ranked as ‘excellent’. Schools simply don’t have the people power to offer 1-2-1 tuition for every child without technology. Accessibility is key to learning and indeed to literacy.
“The Government has made a massive in road to schools with technology but they need to install the right smart tech to guarantee success. The Hungry Little Minds campaign https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/ is just one example of this.
“Reading is a foundation to learning. It’s a building block for every other academic subject and it’s essential in providing key skills for life. Confidence in our children is at an all time low as a result of the pandemic. Many children have had limited verbal interaction with their peers and these communicative skills can all be boosted through independent digital learning, as can vital life skills.
“Children are very comfortable with technology. Primary school pupils in particular are digitally native and expect technology to play a part in their lives.”