What type of social issue/ impact area does your solution aim to solve?
The World Literacy Foundation says that over half of all children truly struggle to read; either through learning difficulties or a lack of support from a competent adult. As a result, today 1 in 5 adults globally still cannot read or write.
Globally, 584 million children are experiencing reading difficulties and more than 393 million children have failed to gain the basic literacy skills at age 10. At Bookbot, we are helping children learn to read, especially those without adequate reading infrastructure (physical libraries, books, etc.) and helping children with reading difficulties, such as dyslexia, learn to read.
In the past 18 months, we have been working closely with the Indonesian Ministry of Education. In a 2016 survey by the Central Connecticut State University, Indonesia was ranked 60th out of 61 participating countries for reading comprehension. Previous studies and discussions show that several of the reasons behind this low ranking include limited accessibility to books, along with unattractive, overly formal, and lecture-like book topics.
What is unique about your solution and how is it different from what currently exists?
Bookbot differs from other reading apps by helping children keep their focus on the words they are reading, improving their pacing and their comprehension. The app listens to the child as they read aloud, assisting their reading, and tracking their fluency. Through the app, we also provide access to a large library of diverse levelled phonics books in a small space, available offline. In addition, our reports app allows teachers and parents to see reading fluency improvements over time.