In the National Policy of Education report 2016, poor learning outcomes have been attributed to serious gaps in teacher motivation and training. Lack of access to relevant educational material, tools and aids that enhance the classroom experience are some of the other areas that must be addressed.
In India, less than 43% of the total studying in Class 3 can read the text of Class 1 while less than one lakh students just have one teacher to teach them. In the words of Nick Cain, Programme Manager, Education, Google.org, the gap can be bridged by technology, for it can get more books, more lessons to plant teachers and classrooms to kids who have none.
As part of a global $50 million commitment, Google’s philanthropic arm Google.org announced grants of $8.4 million to four Indian NGOs in the upcoming two years so as to expand their efforts to enhance the learning experience for students in the classroom. The main aim of the global commitment is to find the most promising non-profits and put the best of Google to work and help them close this gap and improve apply tech-based learning solutions.
The recipients of the grants include Learning Equality, Million Sparks Foundation, Pratham Books StoryWeaver and Pratham Education Foundation. The grants will focus on quality learning materials, providing better training and support to teachers and supporting students beyond classroom learning
Pratham Books – the creator of StoryWeaver – an open source technology platform for translating books, received $3.6 million. While, Pratham Education received $3.1 million for their Hybrid Learning Programme to empower students to use self-driven, tablet-based curricula to learn outside of the classroom. Million Sparks Foundation – developer of ChalkLit – a digital content platform and social community for teachers received $1.2 million. Learning Equality received $500,000 for India as part of the $5 million across India, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa. The organisation aims to take digital content offline for students without internet through their open-source software Kolibri.
According to data from the ministry of human resource and development, there are 260 million children enrolled in nearly 1.51 million private and government schools at primary and secondary levels, across India.