US-based digital learning platform Khan Academy has announced a new Hindi platform in a bid to bring free education opportunities to Hindu-speaking learners in India and beyond.
The nonprofit launched its Hindi Version in New Delhi, India last week revealing a large pool of math materials including instructional math video for Indian students wishing to study and support their learning with resources in their own language rather than in English.
The Hindi Khan Academy portal offers learners practice activities, video tutorials, and dashboard analytics along with several educator tools to help improve students’ learning experience.
Through Khan Academy’s portal, a learner will be able to track their progress and monitor their goal-setting and goal-achieving with a program that offers personalized learning recommendations based on each learner’s goals. At the moment, the Hindi portal offers online resources for students in grades 5 through 8 and features about 2,000 instructional videos on math concepts and activities, India Today reports.
Salman Khan, the Academy’s founder, said that already millions of Indian learners have been using Khan Academy to boost or support their learning. Catering to this growing demand, the company decided to offer a Hindi language version to streamline Indian students’ learning in a language they’re more comfortable studying in. He said, according to the Indian Express:
“Online learning is a powerful platform and our aim is to provide education anywhere and everywhere in the world.”
Khan Academy’s founder met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the US a few months ago. During their meeting, Modi expressed his interest in Khan Academy, according to IBTimes.com.
Khan said the platform doesn’t aim to replace physical schools but rather support teachers and students to improve the latter’s learning outcomes:
“If a student has access to a great school, Khan Academy can supercharge it. It should help a well-resourced school and if you don’t have that, the Khan Academy can have even a bigger impact.”
The educational material Khan Academy offers to Indian students is of high quality, which is rare for free Hindi resources. Ashish Dhawan, the founder and chair of the Central Square Foundation, said that the materials in Khan Academy have been especially designed and developed for Indian students. He added about two of its features:
“Khan Academy allows internalisation of the content and there are elements of gamification. If you try to find free resources, particularly in Hindi, and of a high quality, it is non-existent. That really makes Khan Academy different.”
The next step for Khan Academy is to make the most of the rising mobile market in the country. Sandeep Bapna, the country manager for Khan Academy in India, said that although mobile adoption in India is low, it is growing rapidly and is something Khan wants to invest in in the future.
Three years ago Khan Academy counted 2.1 million users. Today it has more than 8 million users from India alone. According to Indian Express, Khan Academy is present in 190 countries, with ongoing translation projects to make the platform available in more than 36 languages.