Google said on Monday that it has partnered with CBSE, a government body that oversees education in private and public schools in India, to deliver a “blended learning experience” across 22,000 schools in the world’s second-largest internet market by the end of this year.
The search giant, which today also announced plans to invest $10 billion in India in the next five to seven years, said it will train more than 1 million teachers in India this year and offer a range of free tools such as G Suite for Education, Google Classroom, and YouTube to help digitize the education experience in the nation, which like other countries, closed schools earlier this year to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
“We must acknowledge that not everyone has access to internet,” said Sapna Chadha, Senior Marketing Director at Google India, at an online event Monday. She said the company is working with partners to bring education through TV and other mediums.
Google’s Monday announcement follows a similar effort from its global rival Facebook, which partnered with CBSE earlier this month to launch a certified curriculum on digital safety and online well-being, and augmented reality for students and educators in the country.
The Android-maker also announced that Bolo, an education app it launched in India last year that helps students develop reading and comprehension skills, is expanding to 180 countries in nine languages under Read Along brand.