Google has unveiled a new app ‘Bolo’ that aims to help primary school students learn to read in Hindi and English. Bolo features an animated character ‘Diya’, that encourages children to read stories aloud and helps if the child is unable to pronounce a word. The app was earlier piloted in about 200 villages in Uttar Pradesh.
The app currently offers 50 Hindi and 40 English stories from Storyweaver. The open source digital platform for multilingual children’s stories from Bengaluru-based NGO Pratham Books. Google said it will soon expand the catalogue with more stories from different partners.
“We have designed the app to work offline, so users need to just download the under 50MB app once and then they have access to close to 100 stories in Hindi and English that the children can read out loud and improve their reading skills,” said Google India Product Manager Nitin Kashyap.
Over the next 6 months, Google will be working closely with four of its nonprofit partners – Pratham Education Foundation, Room to Read, Saajha and Kaivalya Education Foundation (a Piramal Initiative) to take the app to more children and further expand its efforts across the country.