A 14-year-old student has gained widespread praise and recognition for being a master of a dying art – amazing handwriting skills.
Year 8 student Prakriti Malla first gained national attention in her native Nepal last year, was subsequently given an award by the Nepalese government and has in recent months gone viral worldwide on a range of social media platforms.
In a page written by Malla circulated by users of Facebook, Twitter and Reddit, she writes that “handwriting is an essential skill for both children and adults.”
“Even in the age of technology, it remains the primary tool of communication and knowledge assessment for students in the classroom.”
— Dr Kirstin Ferguson (@kirstinferguson) October 17, 2017
Thousands of netizens have shared her work, with some suggesting that Microsoft adopt Malla’s handwriting as an official font in their products. One person tweeted: “Reminds me of my father’s writing, he left school at 13, would have been 101 now. That’s the way kids were taught to write once upon a time.”
Nepal’s government has even recognised the student as having the country’s most beautiful signature, reported the Maharashtra Times.
“A 1992 study … found that 85 percent of all fine motor time in second – fourth – and sixth-grade classrooms was spent on paper and pencil activities. A more recent study … noted that kindergarten children are now spending 42 percent of their fine motor time on paper and pencil activities,” writes Malla.
“Furthermore, good handwriting is important long after graduation.”