Google has announced that it is providing $3 million in grants to two charities in India, The Teacher App, and Central Square Foundation, to support digital education in India. The grants have been made by Google through Google.org, its charitable arm.
The Teacher app, which has received $1 million from Google, is a free education app for teachers. It offers learning content like courses, educational resources, stories and conversations from different parts of India across subjects like math, science, language, and pedagogy to use in their classrooms. With the grant money, it aims to reach 5 lakh teachers in two years.
Delhi-based Central Square Foundation, which has received $ 2 million, will also receive technical assistance from the YouTube Learning team to expand education via video content. The 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 and vernacular languages.
Last year, as part of a $50M global commitment to close learning gaps, Google.org announced the first round of projects in India to support nonprofits that are building technology to provide access to quality education and learning for all. Google said that it provided a total of $8.4 million grants in 2017 four NGOs — Learning Equality, Million Sparks Foundation, Pratham Books StoryWeaver, and Pratham Education Foundation.
Google said in its blog post that since receiving Google.org funding last year, its grantees have reached more than 800,000 students and teachers with their tools and programs across India.