Google Donating $50 Million to Global EdTech Nonprofits
Google.org will donate $50 million over the next two years to global edtech nonprofits. The announcement, which was made on Tuesday, is the biggest financial commitment to a single topic that the organization has made since its inception in 2005.
“Our education grants will focus on three areas where technology can help: giving more students access to quality learning materials, supporting teacher development, and reaching students in conflict zones,” said Brigitte Hoyer Gosselink, the Education Lead at Google.org, in the blog post that announced the $50 million commitment.
In the same post, Gosselink provided examples of organizations that Google.org will fund to ignite change in the three aforementioned areas. She cited the Foundation for Learning Equality, an organization that creates software to help bring online materials to the 4.3 billion people who lack consistent internet access; Million Sparks Foundation’s ChalkLit, which is an app-based platform that promotes comprehensive teaching by pairing curriculum-related content with an online community; and War Child Holland, which is a program that uses game-like methods to prevent children affected by conflicts like war from falling behind in school.
The philanthropic branch of Google has already spent $110 million over the last five years to support various edtech initiatives, including those that also aim to close education access gaps and to generally bring more technology to education.
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