Evidence-based learning game to help children learn to read

GraphoLearn is a learning game that provides training in basic reading skills (learning letter-sound connections, phoneme awareness, and early word decoding). The original version of GraphoLearn was developed at the University of Jyväskylä in collaboration with research partners in several countries.

The game is an easy-to-use and fun way to train children in basic reading skills. The game can be adapted to players’ skill levels, with individual training for each player. The game gives feedback for players, while teachers and/or parents can also follow skills development through the teacher interface. The game can be used in schools and homes.

The game was originally known as GraphoGame. Currently, the GraphoGame brand is used and owned by the GraphoGame company. Research carried out by the University of Jyväskylä, Niilo Mäki Institute, and other research partners was executed with the GraphoLearn brand. The Finnish version of the game is called Ekapeli, which has been further developed and maintained by the Niilo Mäki Institute.

In Africa, GraphoLearn has been piloted and researched with several African languages in Zambia (Nyanja and Tonga), Kenya (Kiswahili and Kikuyu), Namibia (Afrikaans), and Tanzania (Kiswahili).

The GraphoGame company works with foundations, non-governmental organisations, public administrations, and corporate social responsibility programmes to license GraphoGame as a free-to-download app.