To bridge the education gaps in rural India and also strengthen its vernacular offerings, search giant Google has launched personalised reading tutor app ‘Bolo’ to help children improve their reading skills.
According to Goolge, the application has been designed for primary grade students. The app which is powered by Google’s speech recognition and text-to-speech technology comes with a built-in reading tutor named as “Diya”. The software tutor is designed to encourage, explain and correct the children as they read out aloud.
Google has been piloting Bolo across 200 villages in Uttar Pradesh over the past few months with the help of research company Aser. The pilot results showed that 64% of children witnessed an improvement in reading proficiency in just three months.
With promising results, Bolo has now been launched all over India under an open beta program. Google will also be working with four nonprofit partners — Pratham Education Foundation, Room to Read, Saajha and Kaivalya Education Foundation – a Piramal Initiative, who will ensure that the service reaches to all the children in the country. The free app, which comes with 50 stories in Hindi and 40 in English, does not have any ads and can be used offline.