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Google.org to support education initiatives, announces $3-mn grant

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Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google, in its effort to bridge the learning gap in India, has announced an additional grant of USD 3 million over two years to Central Square Foundation and The Teacher App.

The grant will help the two organisations to scale their initiatives and fund content creation and teacher training, through tech-based learning solutions.

Out of the total, grant of USD 1 million is provided to The Teacher App with an objective to empower teachers through training and resources on concepts of math, science, language and others. The funds will also help to scale the platform to reach 5,00,000 teachers in two years.

“The success of our existing partners has given us the confidence to expand our efforts in India. 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,” said Nick Cain, Education Lead, Google.org.

Google.org committed USD 50 million grants globally to support non-profit organisation building tech-based learning solutions. India is among the first countries to receive the grants. With latest announcement, Google’s total grant for NGOs is USD 11.4 million.

Another USD 2 million grant by Google will also include technical assistance from the YouTube Learning team to Central Square Foundation for expansion of curriculum aligned educational video content.

The grant will support a minimum of 20 content creators to produce at least 200 hours of quality content in vernacular languages.

“With growing connectivity and affordable data, YouTube is emerging as a popular destination for learning in India. Globally, learning and educational content drives over a billion views a day and we believe there is a huge opportunity for creators in India to enhance education and learning through YouTube,” said Satya Raghavan, Head of YouTube Entertainment in India.

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