Google said Monday it has partnered with CBSE, a government agency that oversees education in private and public schools in India, to provide a “blended learning experience” in 22,000 schools in the second largest Internet market of the world by the end of this year.
The research giant, who also today announced plans to invest $ 10 billion in India over the next five to seven years, said it would train more than one million teachers in India this year. year and would offer a range of free tools such as G Suite for Education, Google Classroom and YouTube to help digitize the education experience in the country, which, like other countries, has closed schools more early this year to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
“We have to recognize that not everyone has access to the Internet,” said Sapna Chadha, senior marketing director of Google India, at an online event on Monday. She said the company is working with partners to bring education through television and other media.
Google’s announcement on Monday follows a similar effort by global rival Facebook, which partnered with CBSE earlier this month to launch a certified digital security and online wellness program, and the augmented reality for students and educators across the country.
The company also announced that Bolo, an educational app launched in India last year, is expanding to 180 countries in nine languages under the Read Along brand.