Developing these skills will build confidence in the children to attend college and to compete in a dynamic economic environment
Provo, UT (PRWEB) May 10, 2011
Educational software company Imagine Learning has donated more than $30,000 in software and supplies to the Tuvalu Project, an initiative to improve education on the island nation of Tuvalu. The initiative is sponsored by the Brigham Young University-Hawaii chapter of Students in Free Enterprise.
Education for Tuvaluan children has become increasingly important because of the country’s uncertain future. At its highest point, Tuvalu is just 15 feet above sea level. Based on current climate trends and rising ocean levels, experts predict that within decades Tuvalu, which is located halfway between Hawaii and Australia, will be uninhabitable. Mastering English language skills will prepare the children of Tuvalu for employment in a competitive global economy.
Imagine Learning’s award-winning software, Imagine Learning English, helps students develop English reading and speaking skills through engaging activities, games, and songs. Access to the program will give hundreds of Tuvaluan children the opportunity to learn English. Imagine Learning donated headphones, Imagine Learning English software licenses, and laptops pre-installed with the educational software, which Students in Free Enterprise delivered to schools in Tuvalu.
Brigham Young University-Hawaii members of Students in Free Enterprise started the Tuvalu Project in an effort to improve the social and educational conditions in this country of 10,000 people. “Our student team wanted to assist the Tuvaluan youth in preparing for their futures,” said Dr. William Neal, assistant to the president at Brigham Young University-Hawaii and a Students in Free Enterprise advisor. “Developing these skills will build confidence in the children to attend college and to compete in a dynamic economic environment.”
Imagine Learning CEO Susan Preator was eager to get involved with the project. “As part of our ongoing mission to teach English to the children of the world, Imagine Learning is excited to be involved in this endeavor. We know the children of Tuvalu will benefit greatly from the opportunity to develop their language skills using 21st-century technology.”
Dr. Neal says developing English skills will be a huge advantage for these children. “We were excited to share the computers and the Imagine Learning software, which makes learning English more proactive and fun. As we trained the teachers, they commented that their students could learn better and faster and were grateful for this software tool.”
The project is initially expected to help hundreds of students in the capitol of Funafuti; plans are also being made to make the laptops available to more students throughout Tuvalu.
To find out more about the Tuvalu Project or to make a donation, visit http://sifetuvaluproject.blogspot.com/.
To find out more about Imagine Learning and its language and literacy software solutions, visit http://www.imaginelearning.com.
About Imagine Learning
Imagine Learning is the company behind Imagine Learning English, an innovative language and literacy software program designed to meet the needs of four key student populations: English learners, struggling readers, students with disabilities and early childhood education students. With first-language support and continual assessment, Imagine Learning English gives students one-on-one instruction and scaffolded support while keeping teachers abreast of student progress through real-time reports.
Visit http://www.imaginelearning.com to find out how Imagine Learning English gives students, parents and teachers essential tools for language and literacy development.