Google to team up with CBSE to train 1M+ Indian teachers by 2020 end

The tech giant has also announced a $1 million grant, which will help empower over 700,000 teachers

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Jul 13, 2020 4:36 PM
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Education has undergone a profound change this year, with students, educators, and parents having to align to the new reality of online classrooms. Finding ways to retain the momentum in education during these times isn’t easy. With almost half of India’s population under the age of 26, education is one of the most powerful tools to help transform the future of the next generation, and drive economic growth.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, over 320 million students across India have been impacted by school closures. With students being physically unable to attend school and with parents finding it challenging to meet the educational needs of their kids, there is a pressing requirement for tools and resources that facilitate remote learning.

We are heartened to see how teachers from schools like Kendriya Vidyalaya, Nehru World, Podar, GD Goenka and many others are using Google Meet to connect with students -- in just a few weeks, they were able to shift their physical classes to 100% online, using Google Classroom.

We are pleased to announce today:

  •  A partnership with CBSE Skill Education and Training: by the end of 2020, we will enable ~1 million teachers in 22,000 schools across India to deliver blended learning that combines the classroom approach with online learning, using free tools like G Suite for Education, Google Classroom, YouTube and more.
  • A $1 million grant through Google.org’s Global Distance Learning Fund, which will help our grantee Kaivalya Education Foundation (KEF) to empower over 700,000 teachers over the next one year to deliver virtual education so students can continue learning at home.

 KEY EDU LAUNCHES IN 2020:

Google launched Teach From Home -- an information hub in English and eight India languages containing resources like Google Classroom and more, to help teachers keep teaching even when they are physically away from their students. Over 4 lakh educators have accessed information on the Teach from Home hub till date.

Google made premium features of Google Meet -- our enterprise-grade video conferencing solution -- available for free for everyone through September.

Google launched the YouTube Learning destination, containing a full range of learning needs spanning curriculum-relevant topics such as physics, math, biology, as well as content on language skills and interests like photography, yoga and more. This resource includes content from a number of Indian YouTube creators.

To help fill the void of lack of quality digital content in Indian languages, Google.org has granted over $12 million over the past few years to grantees like Pratham, Central Square Foundation, The Teacher App and more to help them create high-quality digital content in local languages. The Indian language content created by these grantees is reaching students via DIKSHA, YouTube and even Doordarshan.

Bolo, which is now known as ‘Read Along’, now contains content in seven Indian languages, and continues to help children learn to read with an in-app reading assistant. Bolo has reached millions of children across India and in our pilot study, we found that 64 percent of children who used the app showed an improvement in reading proficiency. Read Along is now available in over 180 countries -- another example of an India-based innovation going global.

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