Google’s philanthropic arm - Google.org announced additional grants of $3 million to two non profit organisations in India - Central Square Foundation and The Teacher App, with the total commitment of $ 11.4 million.
The grant of $1 million is being used by The Teacher App in India, with the main aim of empowering teachers with the right training and resources on math, science, language, and pedagogy, for a more holistic learning experience. The funds will be used to scale up the platform to reach 500,000 teachers in two years. With a grant of $50 million commitment, India has became the first country to support the non profit organisations who are building tech-based learning solutions that tackle education challenges in developing countries.
As per the data shared by the ministry of HRD, there are 11 lakh teachers currently teaching in schools who are not properly trained says a World Bank report. The report says there are approximately 1,30,000 single teacher schools in India. The annual ASER 2017 report also points out the need to help students in 14 to 18 age group, to acquire foundational skills like reading and basic arithmetic.
Nick Cain, education lead at Google.org said, “We strongly believe that technology can play a powerful part in solving the learning gap in India, and we are expanding our investments in India to ensure that all teachers and students are able to benefit from it. These new funds will help contribute in building more locally relevant solutions and content for students and teachers.”
Google.org will also provide a $2 million grant and technical assistance from the YouTube Learning team to Central Square Foundation to aid the expansion of high quality curriculum-aligned educational video content. This grant will support a minimum of 20 content creators to produce at least 200 hours of quality Science, Technology, Engineering and Math content in Hindi, English and other vernacular languages. In addition, it will also work to scale its reach by developing a hub to share best practices such as tips on how to create engaging videos and guidance for aligning lessons with curriculum and standards with the sector at large and the interested educators or content creators can get in touch through this form.
Commenting on the occasion, Satya Raghavan, Head of Entertainment for India said, “With growing connectivity and affordable data, YouTube is emerging as a popular destination for learning in India.”
Last year, Google.org has granted a total of $ 8.4 million to four NGO’s: Learning Equality, Million Sparks Foundation, Pratham Books StoryWeaver, and Pratham Education Foundation . After receiving this fund last year, the grantees have reached more than 800,000 students and teachers with their tools and programs across India.