SINGAPORE, Sept. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — At a time when the raging COVID-19 pandemic has induced a sense of isolation in migrant laborers and refugees stranded in Singapore the SDI Academy stepped up with the HokuApps developed interactive learning platform. SDI Academy is well known in Singapore for their interactive learning programs that empower migrant workers and refugees with language, vocational and computer skills.
Most migrants hailing from the Indian sub-continent and China face immense insecurity on account of physical and social isolation. The prevailing uncertainty of employment adds to their woes. SDI Academy reached out to these workers by extending their current solution to enable industries to connect with the migrant workers.
HokuApps enabled this by rapidly scaling up the platform to accommodate new features and delivered it to be used in the COVID-19 situation. The app has already notched up a 4.9 rating on app stores with close to five thousand downloads, making it among the top two apps in app store. Going forward, HokuApps aims to continuously provide support to enhance and develop new features for the app to provide the best user experience for migrants.
The seamlessly integrated salient features of the app engage and motivate the workers struggling to cope with a prolonged lock-down in several ways. Workers can up-skill by learning English or watch motivational videos. They can acquire life skills with meditation and fitness videos. Entertainment too is provided by way of integration with YouTube, enabling them to watch movies in different languages. Other features like chat, virtual meetups help them engage with the community.
A special mention for the speech recognition and translation features in the app. Language remains one of the biggest challenges for migrants who come to Singapore in search of livelihood. Their day-to-day activities require them to communicate with the locals. The integrated language translation program helps to overcome these language barriers. The app enables speech recognition in their native language and translation to English. This helps in faster adoption to their place of work and provides them a way to experience the culture, regardless of language.
Using the app will make a difference to the workers and it will help them get an optimistic state of mind for their future. According to Arif Gafar, Director of Sales – HokuApps, “The app is easy to use and provides a range of important features to help the migrant workers deal with pressing issues on account of the pandemic. I am glad that it has found wide acceptance among the community.”
“Refugees and migrants live on the margins of society. They lack access to quality education, livelihood and are vulnerable to social exclusion. HokuApps helped rapidly create this user-friendly app in the COVID-19 period. The purpose was to empower these migrants to overcome their anxiety and have them look forward to the future with confidence. SDI Academy also aims to empower 100,000 migrant workers over the next three years with the help of virtual scholarships” Said, Sazzad Hossain, Founder & CEO, SDI Academy.
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