A team of university students have designed, developed and delivered a software programme to teach English to orphaned children in
Three University of Wollongong in
The EYA, which uses artificial intelligence to create interactive learning exercises, was put to use at the
Assistant Professor at UOWD Dr
"When we first started the EYA programme and turned on the Writing Module, in which a student can write a letter or word on the screen with their finger, the child squealed with absolute delight.
"One of the children, Paul, is deaf and was severely burnt as a younger child. We could not take him away from the computer. He was just fascinated with it and wanted to learn, like all of the children that tried the software programme and used the laptop we donated."
The software went through a rigorous testing phase by
Keerthi commented said the team set out to address one of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals of universal primary education.
"In a multicultural society such as
"We never imagined the project would be so successful and the software would travel so far, and we are very happy that our work has gone on to make such a difference to the lives of these young children."
"Some of these children have never seen or used a computer before and this donation will massively engage them in their learning at home." Most children did not see computers till age 14 — if they were lucky enough to afford to go to school.
"Education in the early years is vital in securing a firm foundation for their future learning. As English is their second language, having access to an interactive phonic programme provides them with such an incredible advantage in their language development," she said. -firstname.lastname@example.org
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