Google.org has decided to do dome charity. It has recently announced grants worth USD 8.4 million(around Rs 54 crore) to promote the learning experience of students in India. The grants have been given to following four Non Profit Organisation(NGO’s):
- Learning Equality
- Million Sparks Foundation
- Pratham Books StoryWeaver
- Pratham Education Foundation
The areas which have been decided to focus upon are quality learning materials, providing better training and support to teachers and supporting students beyond classroom learning.
The main problems in education which needs to be resolved are poor learning outcomes to serious gaps in teacher motivation and training, a lack of access to relevant educational material, tools and aides also needs to be addressed.
Taking about the granting donation, Rajan Anandan, Vice President South East Asia and India, Google said, “Our approach is to find the most promising non-profits and put the best of Google to work and help them close this gap.”
The program manager of Google.org said that ”
We believe technology can help bridge the gap, it can get more books to students, more lesson plans to teachers, and classrooms to kids who can’t get there themselves. At Google.org, we are committed to support and work alongside these organisations to bridge the quality education gap,” said Nick Cain, Program Manager (education) at Google.org.
Moreover, the company taking note of the data received said that while the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) claims there are about 260 million children enrolled in schools across the country, Pratham Education’s recent survey states that 50 per cent of all children in 5th grade cannot read a 2nd grade text or do a two-digit subtraction problem.