Learning Possibilities, Microsoft serve Disney-themed stories to Filipino kids

LEARNING Possibilities Ltd., a global education-technology provider based in the United Kingdom, recently introduced Learning Islands—an innovative platform designed to help Filipino children develop critical English literacy and skills.

The Learning Islands app features 100 of Disney’s most-loved stories—with popular titles inspired by Frozen, The Lion King, Toy Story, Moana, and more.

“We are thrilled to [launch the app], which features Disney-themed stories. Our aim is to inspire all children to discover their love of reading [while] developing new English language and literacy skills through gameplay,” said Dr. Mehool Sanghrajka, founder and CEO of Learning Possibilities. “What better way to encourage [these] than with some of the world’s most loved stories from Disney! These timeless stories and characters continue to resonate with people of all ages today, making children’s learning adventures engaging, entertaining and magical.”

Sanghrajka furthered: “We understand the importance of English reading and speaking…and how [they open] education and employment opportunities. With this app, we hope to inspire young children to develop those skills.”

According to him, the application is truly unique in the way it is purposefully built to encourage children to read and practice English through its interactive and creative content making learning engaging, rewarding, and fun.

Ambassador Laure Beaufils of the United Kingdom commented: “I am delighted that British company Learning Possibilities has partnered with Microsoft to develop an innovative [educational-technology (edtech)] solution for young English-language learners in the Philippines. Learning Islands is a great tool. [By] harnessing Microsoft’s cloud technology and Disney-themed stories, it is making top-quality educational content accessible to all Filipino children.”

Beaufils added: “I am confident that it will contribute to enhancing English skills and literacy in the country. I…hope this paves the way for more UK edtech innovations in the Philippines—the sky’s the limit in terms of what we can achieve together.”

The learning journey consists of five islands, where children will discover Disney-themed stories, play games, discover artifacts, and collect treasures. Each is supported by audio and follow-along words, making it suitable for children ages 3- to 10-years old. The reading and comprehension-focused games: Snap Matching, Drag-and-Drop Matching, and Multi-Matching give children a chance to practice what they have read, and award them with certificates once completed.

As players journey through the islands, game activity levels increase, thereby broadening their vocabulary and resulting in 2,000+ words practiced upon the games’ completion. In addition, the application has a “Grown Up Portal,” which allows adults to view and track their children’s learning progression. To make the application accessible, Learning Possibilities designed it to work on simple phones with basic connectivity, and in an offline mode.

Learning Possibilities is a social enterprise working with schools and governments across the UK, Southeast Asia, Middle East, and Africa, leveraging technology to help the education sector deliver critical digital skills to learners. Learning Islands featuring Disney Pixar characters is powered by Microsoft Azure. The app will be first launched in the Philippines, with other markets in the Asia-Pacific to follow shortly. Learning Islands is available to download through the iOS and Google App Stores. For more information, see www.LearningIslands.com.

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