Learning opportunities, Microsoft brings Disney-themed stories to Filipino children on an English learning platform



LEARNING Possibilities Ltd., a UK-based global education technology provider, recently launched Learning Islands, an innovative platform designed to help Filipino children develop essential English literacy and skills.

The Learning Islands app features 100 of Disney’s most beloved stories, with popular titles inspired by The Snow Queen, The Lion King, Toy Story, Moanaand more.

“We are delighted to [launch the app], which features Disney-themed stories. Our goal is to inspire all children to discover their love of reading [while] develop new English and literacy skills through play,” said Dr. Mehool Sanghrajka, Founder and CEO of Learning Possibilities. “What better way to encourage [these] than with some of Disney’s most beloved stories! These timeless stories and characters continue to resonate with people of all ages today, making children’s learning adventures engaging, entertaining and magical. »

Sanghrajka continued, “We understand the importance of reading and speaking English…and how [they open] educational and employment opportunities. With this app, we hope to inspire young children to develop these skills. »

According to him, the app is truly unique in the way it is deliberately designed to encourage children to read and practice English through its interactive and creative content making learning engaging, rewarding and fun.

UK Ambassador Laure Beaufils said: “I am delighted that UK-based Learning Possibilities has partnered with Microsoft to develop an innovative solution [educational-technology (edtech)] solution for young English language learners in the Philippines. Learning Islands is a great tool. [By] Leveraging Microsoft’s cloud technology and Disney-themed stories, it makes premium educational content accessible to all Filipino children.

Beaufils added: “I am confident that this will help improve English skills and literacy in the country. Hopefully this will pave the way for more British edtech innovation in the Philippines – the sky is the limit in terms of what we can achieve together.

The Learning Journey consists of five islands, where children will discover Disney-themed stories, play games, discover artifacts and collect treasures. Each is supported by audio and tracking words, making it suitable for children aged 3-10. Games focused on reading and comprehension: Snap Matching, Drag-and-Drop Matching and Multi-Matching allow children to practice what they have read and give them certificates upon completion.

As players travel through the islands, the game’s activity levels increase, expanding their vocabulary and resulting in over 2,000 words practiced by the end of the games. Additionally, the app has an “Adult Portal”, which allows adults to view and track their children’s learning progress. To make the app accessible, Learning Possibilities designed it to work on simple phones with basic connectivity and in offline mode.

Learning Possibilities is a social enterprise working with schools and governments across the UK, South East Asia, the Middle East and Africa, leveraging technology to help the education sector provide essential digital skills to learners. Learning Islands featuring Disney Pixar characters is powered by Microsoft Azure. The app will first launch in the Philippines, with other markets in Asia-Pacific to follow shortly. Learning Islands is available for download via iOS and Google App Stores. For more information, see www.LearningIslands.com.