Google.org announced additional grants of USD 3 million to Central Square Foundation and The Teacher App on Thursday.
Together with partner NGOs, Google will help them scale their existing initiatives and fund content creation and teacher training, through tech-based learning solutions.
With a grant of USD 1 million to The Teacher App, Google aims to empower teachers with training and resources on concepts of math, science, language and others. The funds will be used to scale the platform to reach 500,000 teachers in two years.
"The success of our existing partners has given us the confidence to expand our efforts in India. 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. These new funds will help contribute in building more locally relevant solutions and content for students and teachers," said Nick Cain, Education Lead, Google.org.
India was among the first countries to receive grants from Google.org's global USD 50 million commitment to support non-profits who are building tech-based learning solutions. With additional grants, Google's total grant for NGOs is USD 11.4 million.
Google will provide USD 2 million grant and technical assistance from the YouTube Learning team, to the Central Square Foundation to aid the expansion of curriculum aligned educational video content.
The grant will support a minimum of 20 content creators to produce at least 200 hours of quality content in vernacular languages.
"With growing connectivity and affordable data, YouTube is emerging as a popular destination for learning in India. Globally, learning and educational content drives over a billion views a day and we believe there is a huge opportunity for creators in India to enhance education and learning through YouTube," said Satya Raghavan, Head of YouTube Entertainment in India.
These new projects are in addition to Google's existing projects that were funded last year in India. Four NGOs got a total grants of USD 8.4 million to add scale to their existing efforts.