Student develops app for children with intellectual difficulties to learn Maltese

Children with intellectual difficulties will now have a new tool to learn Maltese.

This is thanks to a university student who created an app –  “Għallimni kelma” (teach me a word) – to help these children with their academic development.

The app, which is a new concept for our country, was developed by Martina Meli, a student who has just completed a course in Computing and Business at the University of Malta. Her thesis and this app will make a great difference to the lives of these children.

In itself, the app already includes games to help children learn. However now parents and educators can keep adding and creating games as well. The work on this app took around one year.

“It is actually for primary school children but since there are features where teachers or parents can create games themselves, this can be used by everyone basically. So that means secondary school children and even adults who might have different abilities.”

Martina said that her greatest satisfaction is the smile she sees on the face of children when they learn from her app.

“You see children using something you would have spent a long time on, and you see that it is helping them, you see that smile, and that is so very satisfying, you cannot really describe it.”

Although the app is ready, it still needs to be developed further with Martina Meli saying she hopes that in the near future it will continue to grow and be used by as many students as possible.