Smart keeps local language, culture alive thru mother-tongue based apps

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AS part of its advocacy of harnessing technology for education, PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications (Smart) officially launched on Friday its pool of mobile applications that promote literacy in the mother tongue.

Dubbed as Digital Education For All: No Learner Left Behind, the event showcased five literacy apps developed by Smart in partnership with the Department of Education, local stakeholders, colleges and universities.

These are the Ta’allam and Tahderiyyah Arabic apps for Bangsamoro children, Bahay Kubo Tagalog app, Kaalam Cebuano app, and the Matigsalug app for the Matigsalug tribe of Davao and Bukidnon.

The Ta’allam (Arabic termfor ‘to learn) was developed specifically for Filipino Muslims by content and multimedia partners such as the DepEd in Gen. Santos City and Sarangani, the local government unit of Sarangani, Mercy Foundation, Young Moro Professionals and the ACLC College in GenSan.

The Tahderiyyah (Arabic term for ‘Kindergarten’) app focuses more on stories with Islamic values and expressionson top of Arabic alphabet and numbers games. The developing team consists of representatives from the Bangsamoro Development Agency, FEU Institute of Technology and Teach Peace Build Peace Movement.

The Kaalam (Cebuano term for ‘knowledge’) app features folklore stories that were retold by residents of Argao town in Cebu.

These apps are available for download on Google Play.

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