Virtual reality helping inmates learn to read while they fix cars

27 Nov 2018

High-tech digital pioneer Ian Taylor is bringing virtual reality to Otago prison to help inmates learn to read while they fix cars.

It's estimated that 65 percent of people in prison need help with literacy and numeracy.

The project is being privately funded, with Hawke's Bay iwi Ngāti Kahungunu committing to investing at least $2 million.

Rūnanga chair Ngahiwi Tomoana said being illiterate can lead to a downhill spiral for people.

"I see numeracy and literacy being the number handbrake on Māori development," he said.

"We jumped on it in order to be part of this new technology revolution that will not only help our people in prison, but could help numeracy and literacy right through kura." Read the full story here.