By G9ija

Search engine, Google, yesterday, joined the world in marking the International Literacy Day (ILD) by upscaling the Read Along app, a speech-based reading platform to assist kids in reading anytime and anywhere.

The American technology company used the occasion to rally parents on the need for them to invest more on their wards’ education by making the journey simple and fun.

Its Head of Brand & Reputation, Sub Saharan Africa, Mojolaoluwa Aderemi-Makinde, noted that Read Along, formerly known as Bolo, acts as a personal reading tutor for children.

It uses speech-based technology to provide personalised assistance in a student’s reading journey, correcting them when they need help and encouraging them when they get it right.

Pupils pick stories from a growing app-based library and earn stars and badges when read correctly.

After an initial download, the app works offline even on low-cost phones, making it more accessible as it relieves worries of privacy and security.