Compatible with normal mobile phones, the ‘Phonics by Phone Project’ under Vodafone’s Mobile for Good inventiveness, equips teachers to help children build sounds into words and remember them through rhymes, songs, riddles and games.
Commenting on the app, Nana Yaa Afriyie Ofori-Koree, Foundation and Sustainability Manager at Vodafone Ghana, said: “In Ghana, only two per cent of school children by end of Primary Two can read fluently; whereas in the UK the figure is over 80 per cent."
"The difference is startling and Vodafone wants to create a platform that will help correct this predicament. Education holds the lifeline to the advancement of every economy and we are determined to be at the forefront of this drive," she said.
The mobile “app” would give educational institutions the opportunity to receive phonics training in order to train their students to embrace the concept in a unique way.
Michael Stark, an Educators International Trustee, said: “The GHȻ50,000 grant by Vodafone Foundation has enabled us to prepare a set of audio units which together will create a full course content for the app. We have also developed a site www.phonicsghana.mobi which is optimised for ordinary and smart phones alike.
"This way, the city and village teachers can enjoy the same educational package”.