App aims to make Namibia a reading nation

24 March 2020 | Education

The directorate of library services in the ministry of education, arts and culture has received a one-year free subscription, valued at US$1 million, to the Smart Kidz Club digital reading app called ‘Namibia Reads’, which will be made accessible to the entire country.

The sponsorship was made possible by the Foundation for Accessible Children's Education (FACE.org), a New York-based non-profit organisation with a mission to enable children in underprivileged areas around the world to receive access to quality education through digital solutions.

The Namibia Reads app is a carefully curated digital library that allows young children easy access to narrated and illustrated eBooks in an environment free of advertising, animation, videos and games.

The selection of Namibia for this sponsorship came about largely because of the government’s high expenditure towards educational development. As outlined in the fifth National Development Plan (NDP5), it is indeed one of the nation’s desired outcomes to focus on building a strong foundation in numeracy and literacy, while promoting critical thinking and information literacy through providing enrichment programmes in schools and libraries.

The Namibia Reads app is therefore meant to strengthen the efforts of the ministry of education, arts and culture to enhance literacy and numeracy.

The Namibia Reads app consists of more than a thousand eBooks, activities and quizzes for children aged from 3 to 12 years old. These books were developed by educators and teachers with the main aim of promoting reading, building vocabulary and comprehension in children at a tender age.

All the content is educational, with 85% non-fiction that children are generally not exposed to. Some subjects covered in the app include the alphabet, ecosystems, health and well-being, lifecycle, space and astronomy as well as phonics. Learners have an option to either read the books themselves or let the books be read aloud to them, which makes this app essential for busy parents who have no time to read to their children.

The app has books (both illustrated and audio) that cater for children with special needs, in particular those who are autistic.

The Namibian population in the 21st century is increasingly using digital media, therefore the Namibia Reads app perfectly blends in as a tool to instil the love of reading in children while using digital media.

It has been discovered that reading digitally is a preferred way of reading for reluctant readers, readers with few books at home and children who traditionally don’t enjoy reading on paper. These books will contribute to children’s vocabulary growth, comprehension, engagement and enjoyment of the story.

The app comes at the right time where learners are mostly confined to their homes and unable to visit their schools or public libraries. The Namibia Reads app is now available free of charge to anyone (parents, teachers, schools, libraries). It can be downloaded on Google Playstore for Android devices or Apple App Store for Apple/iOS devices. Internet access is not needed after syncing books on devices, hence books can be read offline.

Parents, teachers, information institutions such as school and community libraries as well as the general public are encouraged to make use of this free resource.

Together we can make a positive change and improve the literacy levels in Namibia. Let’s inspire our kids to read and learn. For more information regarding the downloading and use of the app visit your nearest community library or go to www.facebook.com/namibiareads.

Similar News

 

Bidding farewell to 2020 Nust SRC

5 days ago - 23 February 2021 | Education

The student representative council 2020 of Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust) bid farewell to the university after their term ended on10 February 2021.According...

Mweshipandeka learners still not accommodated

5 days ago - 23 February 2021 | Education

TUNOHOLE MUNGOBAONGWEDIVADespite the first school term beginning on 26 January, learners in grades eight to 10 who live in the Mweshipandeka Senior Secondary School hostel...

Sexual safety at schools

5 days ago - 23 February 2021 | Education

Rivaldo KavangaGiven the recent reports of sexual abuse of learners at schools, the need to know if learners are safe has never been more demanding.When...

IEB-matrikulante skitter in 2020

5 days ago - 23 February 2021 | Education

Mariselle Stofberg Die 2020 IEB-matriekgroep het uitstekend presteer met ‘n 100% slaagsyfer by al sewe IEB-skole in Namibië tydens hul eindeksamens verlede jaar. ...

Star teacher of the week

5 days ago - 23 February 2021 | Education

Marlene von Wielligh, Privaatskool ElnatanWhy did you become a teacher?Becoming a teacher was not planned, it just happened. Today I am grateful for the...

IUM declares 2021 as year of improved performance

5 days ago - 23 February 2021 | Education

In his annual address to members of staff at the International University of Management (IUM) to mark the commencement of the new academic year on...

IUM launches Centre for Environmental Studies

5 days ago - 23 February 2021 | Education

IUM recently established the Centre for Environment Studies (CES), which will serve as training and research centre that addresses the dynamics of environmental management, climate...

Distinguished visitor

5 days ago - 23 February 2021 | Education

Professor Oleg Yastrebov, the rector of the renowned Russian RUDN University, also known as ‘The People's Friendship University of Russia’ and historically best known as...

Stadio Namibia formerly SBS lays out all cards

1 week ago - 19 February 2021 | Education

Wetumwene Shikage On Wednesday, 17 February, Stadio Namibia, formerly known as Southern Business School (SBS), held a media day to familiarise the media with the...

Long-serving St Boniface principal quits

1 week ago - 18 February 2021 | Education

KENYA KAMBOWE UTOKOTAAfter serving at St Boniface College for the past 17 years, Mary Phillis Yesudasan returned to her native India in...

Latest News

Capricorn: Covid consumes millions in...

2 days ago - 26 February 2021 | Business

Jo-Maré Duddy – An increase of more than N$100 million in impairment charges and a N$41-million loss suffered by Cavmont Bank in Zambia shrunk Capricorn...

No gem of a year...

2 days ago - 26 February 2021 | Business

Jo-Maré Duddy – Covid-19’s “profound impact on global diamond supply and demand” left Nemdeb Holdings with an underlying EBITDA of US$113 million for the 12...

Govt silently files for liquidation

2 days ago - 26 February 2021 | Transport

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKGovernment on Monday silently filed for the liquidation of beleaguered national airline Air Namibia despite a massive public outcry over the matter.Documents seen by...

Darkness falls on government buildings

2 days ago - 26 February 2021 | Government

MATHIAS HAUFIKUWINDHOEKAffected ministries:· Safety and security: N$34m· Defence: N$5.2m· Agriculture: N$3.8m· ...

All systems go for three-horse...

2 days ago - 26 February 2021 | Politics

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKSwapo, the Landless People’s Movement (LPM) and Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) are all bullish ahead of regional and local authority election reruns slated for...

He is moulded by the...

2 days ago - 26 February 2021 | People

Michelline NawatisesLeslie Kaxwadi is a computer science graduate from the Namibia University of Science and Technology. He graduated in 2017. As a part of his...

Driven by quality service

2 days ago - 26 February 2021 | People

Tunohole Mungoba – OngwedivaBarnabas Shilongo established Shilongo Gravestones and Funeral Services in 2017, but only officially registered his business in 2019.“Shilongo Gravestones and Funeral Services...

South Africa boosts vaccine spending...

2 days ago - 26 February 2021 | Economics

Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo and Mfuneko ToyanaSouth Africa could spend up to R 19.3 billion (US$1.33 billion) over the next three years to vaccinate most of its...

Swapo can’t be left alone,...

2 days ago - 26 February 2021 | Opinion

President Hage Geingob’s assertion that people shouldn’t worry about Swapo’s problems cannot be left unchallenged.The president’s remarks seem to be rooted in misconception that those...

Load More