This pen wants to “literate” 773 million people丨Tomorrow’s Product®

We may have all experienced the awkward moment when we forget to write something.

In some corners of the world, a group of people have encountered similar scenes. But this group of people faces much more than that. For them, writing is a challenge in itself.

Fortunately, there is now a "little thing" that can alleviate this difficulty. The World Literacy Foundation, a non-profit organization, and Media.Monks, a Dutch creative advertising company, jointly created an educational tool-"Literacy Pen". Its goal is to help millions of people around the world solve the problem of illiteracy.

A "literacy pen" is not actually a real pen, but a small device that can be fixed to the pen. It is similar in size to a thumb, with only one button and a small screen on the front, and a Type-C port for charging on the side.

"Literacy Pen" is suitable for most pens we can see in our daily life. Under the main body of the fuselage, it has two buckles for fixing it to the pen. Whether it's a pencil or a ballpoint pen, installation is done with just one click.

It is clearly aimed at a writing situation. When encountering a word that cannot be spelled, the user can press the button to read the word they want to write, and then the word will appear on the small screen in the form of letters, making it easier for the user to copy the word.

The function of "Literacy Pen" is extremely simple, but it is very helpful for literacy promotion.

It does not need to be connected to any other apps or devices, and with its intuitive and easy-to-use features, it provides an unprecedented learning approach for illiterate groups around the world.

Globally, illiteracy has been a major obstacle to social development.

According to the latest data from UNESCO, there are 773 million illiterate adults worldwide, the majority of whom are women, which has a great impact on their self-perception and development opportunities.

For most of us, writing may be a skill that comes easily. But for the world's 773 million illiterate people, writing every word is very difficult. The emergence of "literacy pens" has reduced the difficulty of learning to write, allowing them to gradually overcome obstacles and master writing skills.

In addition, precisely because the "literacy pen" has a single function and a simple structure, its production cost is relatively low. This can promote the spread of "literacy pens" to every corner of the world, especially those poor areas in urgent need of educational resources.

Tomas Almuna, creative director of Media.Monks, said: “The ‘Literacy Pen’ will change the lives of millions of people whose daily lives are limited by the inability to read and write.”

He added: "We developed the 'Literacy Pen' by applying basic technology in an innovative way. We hope that this tool will inspire users' enthusiasm for independent learning and open the door to new opportunities for them."

In the years after the end of World War II, more than 44% of the world's adults were affected by illiteracy, and there were significant differences between countries and regions. For example, Malawi's illiteracy rate once exceeded 90%. Europe is not immune. In the southern Italian region of Calabria, about half the population cannot read or write.

At an education conference in 1949, Mr. Jaime Torres Bodet, the then Director-General of UNESCO, said: “In the 19th century, slavery was abolished by law, and the goal of the 20th century should be to strive for its abolition Abolish another form of slavery, which is illiteracy.”

The emergence of the “Literacy Pen” is the World Literacy Foundation’s official response to this challenge.

Its Chief Operating Officer Vanessa Portilla said, "For us, the 'Literacy Pen' is not only a tool we provide, but also a helping hand to those who struggle with illiteracy and provides them with the tools to build a better future. Necessary skills.”

"Literacy Pen" not only teaches illiterate people how to write, but also gives them the ability to learn independently and helps them realize their self-worth. For them, this change in mentality and thinking may be more important than learning to write.

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