Skoolbo and StarHub Presented Special Tablets to Needy Students from South East CDC, Singapore

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Skoolbo and StarHub presented eighteen students who are part of NTUC Income's OrangeAid South East Learning Family Programme Alumni (LFPA) with specially created tablets containing Skoolbo Core Skills and the Zalairos Adventures.

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This represents the first generation of tablets specifically dedicated for Skoolbo’s learning materials. They are able to operate in both online and offline modes. This is also the forerunner for our developing country solution.

Skoolbo and StarHub presented eighteen students who are part of NTUC Income's OrangeAid South East Learning Family Program Alumni (LFPA) with specially created tablets containing Skoolbo Core Skills and the Zalairos Adventures.

Initiated by the South East Community Development Council (South East CDC) and Janus Education, the LFPA is a 27-weekend family support enrichment program that mentors children in areas of literacy, numeracy and confidence through customized activities while helping build parents’ bonding and mentoring skills for their children.

Mr Shane Hill, Skoolbo Founder and CEO, said: “We are thrilled to be able to support the wonderful work of Southeast CDC and we’re particularly excited as this represents the first generation of tablets specifically dedicated for Skoolbo’s learning materials. They are able to operate in both online and offline modes. This is also the forerunner for our developing country solution.”

The tablets were sponsored by StarHub. “StarHub believes in empowering the less advantaged members of our community,” said Mr Stephen Lee, Head of i3 (Innovation, Investment and Incubation), StarHub. “We aim to use technology - by sponsoring the tablets and broadband connections for these 18 families - to bridge the divide and provide them with the same connectivity and learning opportunities as their peers.”

The students take the tablets home to play Core Skills for approximately 90 minutes per week till the program ends in December. Skoolbo and South East CDC will analyse the improvement of each child.

Mr Stanley Fong, General Manager of South East CDC, said: “Corporations are an important part of the community, some of whom have great passion and useful resources to assist and better the lives of those who are more in need. Skoolbo and StaHub are two of them; South East CDC would like to extend our gratitude to them who have stepped forward to care for the development of children from low-income families.”

Skoolbo Core Skills is a literacy and numeracy program with more than 60,000 questions. Skoolbo ensures that every child always receives the right level of difficulty with the appropriate balance of new and revision content. The system continues to assess the child’s performance and adapts its game content to match the child’s learning method and current achievements.

In addition to Core Skills, students also benefit from the Zalairos Adventures, a collection of 25 audiobooks with more than 12 hours of content.

About Skoolbo
Skoolbo is a team of educators and developers spanning the globe that commit to creating accessible learning solutions for both developed and developing countries. Skoolbo’s dream is that every child learns to read and gains a confidence with numbers.

Skoolbo’s headquarters are in Singapore.

For more information, please visit http://www.skoolbo.com

About StarHub
StarHub is Singapore's fully-integrated info-communications company, offering a full range of information, communications and entertainment services for both consumer and corporate markets. StarHub operates a mobile network that provides 4G, 3G and 2G services. It also manages an island-wide HFC network that delivers multi-channel pay TV services (including HDTV, Internet TV and on-demand services) as well as ultra-high speed residential broadband services. StarHub operates an extensive fixed business network that provides a wide range of data, voice and wholesale services. Over Singapore’s fibre-based Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network, StarHub offers a broad range of home and business broadband plans along with a host of advanced media-rich value-added services, such as IPTV for commercial entities.

Launched in 2000, StarHub has become one of Singapore's most innovative info-communications providers, and the pioneer in 'hubbing' - the ability to deliver unique integrated and converged services to all its customers. StarHub, listed on the main board of the Singapore Exchange since October 2004, is a component stock of the Straits Times Index and the MSCI Singapore Free Index.

For more information, please visit http://www.starhub.com/

About South East Community Development Council (CDC)

South East CDC was set up on 24 November 2001. The CDC works along the direction of the three strategic thrusts; termed the — ABCs of Community Bonding‘— Assisting the Needy, Bonding the People and Connecting the Community. Currently serving over half a million residents, South East CDC initiates and manages programs in collaboration with both community and corporate partners along these three strategic thrusts, so as to nurture a vibrant and self-reliant community.

For more information about South East CDC, please visit http://www.southeastcdc.org.sg

About NTUC Income's OrangeAid South East Learning Family Programmes Alumni (LFPA)

LFPA is a series of 27 weekend lessons for participants from the last cohort of NTUC Income’s OrangeAid South East Learning Family Program which:

  • Develops the parents’ competencies to support the learning needs of their children.
  • Consists of customized reading, musical appreciation, arts and crafts, financial literacy, personal hygiene and speech and drama for children.
  • Consists of activities that promote parent-child bonding.

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