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Encouraging children to read and improve their literacy skills is a priority for the Welsh Government and today, on World Book Day, the Minister for Education and Welsh Language celebrates a new Welsh language digital reading platform.

By using Darllen Co, children can read Welsh books and listen to them at the same time. A new website is also being developed, which will allow readers to click on specific words for definitions and pronunciation. This will allow teachers and parents who are nor confident Welsh speakers to read Welsh with children, where it was not possible for them to do so with traditional books.

Darllen Co was rolled out to primary school children, teachers and parents through the Welsh Language Technology Hacathon, funded by the Welsh Government through M-Sparc. More than 40,000 people and 70% of schools in Wales now use the resource.

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