New Delhi, December 3, 2015: Khan Academy and Central Square Foundation, today, announced the launch of Khan Academy- Hindi. This platform, which will provide a similar experience to Khan Academy’s English platform, will initially cover a select range of grades for the NCERT- mapped Maths curriculum and aims to continue to make more videos, practice exercises and tutorials available over time in Hindi, for free.
Khan Academy is a US-based non-profit organisation whose mission is to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere, and Central Square Foundation is a grantmaking organisation and policy think tank focused on improving quality of school education in India. Earlier this year, Khan Academy and Central Square Foundation collaborated to localise and translate the English platform. Central Square Foundation is also supporting Khan Academy to pilot the Hindi platform in government and private schools across India.
The Hindi platform is part of a shared vision of the two organisations to enable high quality, localised and personalised learning resources to students across India, that can help students master skills at their own pace. The partnership is a result of their firm belief in the potential of free and open educational resources in local Indian languages to significantly improve student learning levels. The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2014 has revealed that only 44.1% of Class 8 students in rural India can do division. Providing students personalised learning solutions can help bridge the learning gap.
Commenting on Khan Academy’s commitment to India and the partnership, Sal Khan, CEO and Founder of Khan Academy said, “We are hugely motivated by the Indian government’s focus on facilitating quality education for all and the use of technology as an enabler to do so. The partnership with Central Square Foundation in India is a key step towards enabling Khan Academy’s vision of democratising world class education, for anyone, anywhere. Applying our mission to India, we’re hoping that making localised content available will benefit learners of all ages.”
At the event, Sal Khan also talked about Khan Academy’s strategic vision for India. Khan Academy took its first step towards this vision by appointing Sandeep Bapna as the India Country Manager in September 2015. Apart from this, Khan Academy also plans to partner with the central and state governments and other organisations to implement the platform in schools that specifically target children from low-income communities. While the current Hindi platform is web-based, recognising the growing smartphone penetration in India, Khan Academy also plans to customise the Hindi platform to enable access to it on mobile devices.
Talking about the partnership, Ashish Dhawan, Founder & Chairman, Central Square Foundation said, “Khan Academy is a global leader in education technology and we are excited to partner with them to build a contextualized learning platform that will benefit millions of children in India. This partnership has strengthened our commitment to effectively use education technology for bringing high quality school education to all children.”
The Hindi platform will contain practice exercises, instructional videos, dashboard analytics and teacher tools to empower learners in and outside of the classroom to study. The learning experience on Khan Academy adapts to each individual, helps them to see their progress and goals, creates personalised recommendations about what to learn next and motivates them to master the skills they seek.