At the sixth edition of Google for India event on Monday, Google announced a partnership with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to train 1 million teachers by the end of 2020.
Google’s partnership with CBSE comes amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has disrupted all sectors of the country, including education. The education sector is trying to cope up with the situation through virtual classes, online exams, and more such measures.
By the end of 2020, Google will train over one million teachers in 22,000 schools across India. The training will be to deliver blended learning that combines the classroom approach with online learning as Google is trying to push education in India.
In a blog post, by Google giant and Sapna Chadha, Sr. Country Marketing Director, Southeast Asia and India, during the Livestream announced, “The tech giant will use free tools like G Suite for Education, YouTube, Google Classroom, and more plans to train more than 1 million teachers in around 22,000 schools across India”.
Google also announced a grant of $1 million for the Kaivalya Education Foundation (KEF) as part of a Global Distance Learning Fund from Google.org to support underserved low-income communities.
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This grant will be used in partnership with the Central Square Foundation and TeacherApp to train around 700,000 teachers over the next year in virtual education so that the students can continue learning from homes.
Even the lower-income India houses that do not have access to smartphones and the internet will be taught through TV, radio, and other such easily accessible platforms.
The investment by Google comes as a part of a $10 billion investment plan in India towards digitizing the Indian economy, which will be invested in the county over the next five to seven years.
This grant will be deployed through a mix of equity investments, partnerships, and operational, infrastructure, and ecosystem investments. Google’s top executive said, “The huge investment reflects the company’s confidence in the future of India and its digital economy”. The investment by Google could provide a major boost to the education sector.