Google has pledged $10 million (R176 million) to a Distance Learning Fund that will help support educational organisations to provide remote learning opportunities through the use of technology.
The fund is part of Google’s $50 million philanthropic arm, Google.org, which seeks to assist global organisations that are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Distance Learning Fund will help support organisations that are focused on helping educators access edtech resources they need, to provide quality learning opportunities to school pupils, particularly those in underserved communities.
The COVID-19 virus, which originated in China’s central city of Wuhan in December, has gripped nations across the globe, claiming the lives of over 16 500 people, with a current infection rate of over 382 000 and recoveries at more than 102 000.
Governments around the world have closed educational institutions in an attempt to contain the global pandemic. This has led to an estimated half of the world’s children, youth and adults not attending schools or universities because of COVID-19 and educators across the globe facing challenges associated with teaching remotely at an unprecedented scale.
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