A new digital learning platform for primary education was on Thursday launched in Kampala, which government said will help children in lower primary better understand literacy and mathematics.

Ms. Katrina Stensson, the chief executive officer of Checheza, the organization that has developed the application, said it will allow learners to read, write, count and play games anywhere on smartphones or tablets without an Internet connection.

There are currently 150 pupils at a ILICIT Africa’s digital learning center in Bududa District who have been piloting Checheza for over one year.

“Many children leave school without essential skills. It is time to look for new solutions,” said Ms. Stensson, adding: “When we make learning practical and fun, it will improve the learning effects. Playing the learning game on a smart phone at home makes it possible to improve performance in school.”

Mr. Michael Ochero, who represented the ministry of ICT, said technology has come up as a fundamental part that is taking the world toward digitalisation.

Children playing checheza during the Checheza Launch in Uganda

He observed that having interactive learning tools for the children is a momentous step towards development in Uganda.

“If this app is fully utilized, it will be a way of keeping children alert and creative. It will also be a good way of encouraging children to use the Internet for better reasons.  Checheza has the full support from the ministry of ICT and we shall work hard to ensure that its applicability spreads to the rest of the country, especially rural areas, so that the education ground is levelled for both urban and rural schools,” he said.