In Flanders 3 to 5% of children suffer from dyslexia. On top of that an additional 10% are described as weak readers. This amounts to approximately 62,000 children! Most of us don’t realise this, but almost everything in our world is related to reading. Problems with reading can cause frustration in children and may be a lifelong hindrance. A lot of children with reading difficulties need extra practice to get to a decent reading level. This can be very demoralising because nobody really likes extra homework. And certainly not if you’re no good at it.
Helping children to stay motivated is crucial and that’s where the serious game Karaton comes in. It’s an adventure game created by Happs Development, a young educational start-up founded by Hannes Hauwaert, who also suffers from dyslexia. The company started as a school project, but now has 4 employees: Hannes himself, his brother Thomas Hauwaert (also dyslexic), nephew Gilles Goessens and game developer Van Nith Olyslager. They are currently trying to crowdfund the game on Ulule. With only 7 days to go at the time of this writing, they are 33% short of their goal. In other words: they need your help! If you want to donate, then quickly head over to their crowdfunding page and join other supporters like the famous Flemish singer Koen Wauters (Clouseau) in getting this game made.