Papua New Guinea – A sign language and talking-book app to help children with hearing disabilities was launched in Papua New Guinea by the Australian High Commission last week at the Gerehu Inclusive Education Resource Centre in Port Moresby
The smartphone app was launched under the Rapidly Improving Standards in Elementary (RISE) project supported through the Papua New Guinea and Australia Partnership.
It was implemented by Save the Children PNG, the Summer Institute of Linguistic (SIL) and Callan Services.
“Australia’s investment in education in Papua New Guinea seeks to build a more inclusive education system that ensures all children can learn,” said Australian High Commission representative Ms Eloise Saif
“We are a strong advocate for disability inclusive education systems, girl’s participation, and equal opportunities for rural and remote communities as well as ethnic and linguistic minorities.” she said.
The first set of talking-books are now available online and can be accessed through the ‘Bloom Reader’ application which is free to download from any android devices.