Tata Trusts has entered into a five-year partnership with Khan Academy to provide ‘free’ world-class educational resources in Mathematics and Science in local languages.
The new development surfaced after the Academy recently introduced Hindi Tutorials on its platform. Tata Trust is the principal shareholder of the $109 billion Tata Group.
“This is a concept which is refreshingly different, extending free education and knowledge to anyone, anytime and anywhere which can change the world of illiterate to literate. We expect this initiative to make a tremendous difference to the present and future generations,” said Ratan Tata, Chairman, Tata Trusts.
For the first two years, the partnership will focus on designing and improving Khan Academy’s content creation capacities—primarily for middle and low-income students in urban areas. In the next three years, they plan to expand out in rural localities.
Additionally, the partnership will also hire more teachers—both as content creators and knowledge seekers who wish to improve their own skills.
The core focus of the partnership will be on creating adaptive learning platforms, developing an Android-based smartphone app that incorporates major functionalities of a desktop experience, and improving platform performance.