In a philanthropic drive, Google has announced that it has made an additional grant of USD 3 million to two Indian non-profit organizations, taking its total commitment to USD 11.4 million in the country. These grants are part of Google's global commitment of USD 50 million that would be used to help these organizations.
Last year, Google.org had given a grant of USD 8.4 million to four Indian NGOs namely, Learning Equality, Million Sparks Foundation, Pratham Books - StoryWeaver and Pratham Education Foundation reaching out to more than eight lakh students and teachers with their tools and programmes across India.
It must be noted that India is the largest recipient of these grants. "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," said Google.org Education Lead Nick Cain. He further added that these added funds will help towards building more locally relevant solutions and content for students and teachers.
As per government data, there are 11 lakh teachers currently teaching in schools that are not properly trained and if World Bank reports are to be trusted then there are about 1.3 lakh single teacher schools in India. Of the USD 3 million, USD 2 million will go to Central Square Foundation (CSF) and USD 1 million to The Teacher App. CSF will also receive technical assistance from the YouTube Learning team which will support a minimum of 20 content creators to produce at least 200 hours of science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related content in Hindi and vernacular language.
The Teacher App is aimed to empower teachers with the right training and resources on concepts of math, science, language, and pedagogy, for a more holistic learning experience.