SBI Foundation launches UpSchool, a free digital learning program with Khan Academy

The program will provide 100% free resources in math, reading and fun learning activities for students in class 1-10 Mumbai, Maharashtra, India (NewsSee) SBI Foundation presented UpSchool, a digital learning program for students in grade 1-10 in partnership with Khan Academy, a non-profit educational organization in India. This program will be available in English, Hindi and Kannada with the aim of reducing learning gaps and building a strong foundation in math and reading for their current school year. Students or their parents can join the program for free by visiting learn.khanacademy.org/upschool and will receive learning links on WhatsApp for 4-6 weeks. Each student will receive a digital certificate upon completion of the program. The launch program was attended by high dignitaries such as Shri. Dinesh Khara, President, SBI; Sri. Vinay M. Tonse, MD and CEO, SBI Funds Management Limited; officials of the SBI Foundation; and Mr. Sandeep Bapna, Head of Global Markets, Khan Academy. In keeping with Khan Academy’s mission to provide free, world-class education, all resources available to parents and learners are 100% free and enrollment in the program is free. The program focuses on revising important concepts from the previous year in math and language comprehension, helping to bridge the knowledge gap and build a strong foundation for the new class. Additionally, there are fun learning activities such as dance and yoga that students can participate in by visiting the learning links. Each week, students will receive a math lesson, a short story and a fun activity/exercise depending on their level and preferred language. They can learn at their own pace and at their own pace from home. This is one of several initiatives by the SBI Foundation to improve last mile access to education in India. Recently, the SBI Foundation and Khan Academy partnered to localize high-quality math learning content so students can learn in their preferred language. The initiation of this partnership took place in Punjab, where the SBI Foundation funded the localization project for the creation of new mathematics lessons consisting of videos, articles and practical exercises in Punjabi for all learners in public schools in Punjab. With financial support from SBI Funds Management Ltd., the Khan Academy team has worked with over 6,000 public schools and trained over 11,000 teachers, resulting in nearly 4,00,000 students spending time total learning of over 5.16 lakh hours. 53% of the total learning time was in Punjabi. Speaking of the initiative, Shri. Dinesh Khara, Chairman of State Bank Group, said, “We are proud to support the UpSchool Foundations program which is making a difference in making education accessible and helping to close learning gaps. With our partnerships, we aim to promote growth and equality among disadvantaged communities and this program facilitates the same. Sri. Vinay M. Tonse, MD and CEO, SBI Funds Management Limited added, “As the new school year begins, our UpSchool Foundations program will ensure students are ready and better prepared. We are happy to extend this program to all students, equipping them with fun and interactive tools developed by experts, making high-quality localized educational content accessible to all. We are happy to work with Khan Academy to make this happen. Commenting on this development, Sandeep Bapna, Head of Global Markets, Khan Academy said, “SBI Funds Management Limited and SBI Foundation have helped us achieve scale in terms of reaching Indian households beyond metropolitan cities, which is difficult to reach without their Support. We are delighted to launch this initiative which is specially organized so that students can learn essential math and language comprehension without spending a lot of time online. About the SBI Foundation The SBI Foundation (SBIF) is the CSR arm of the State Bank of India. True to its tradition of service beyond banking, the foundation currently works in over 28 states and union territories of India, on rural development, health, education, livelihoods and skills, youth empowerment, sports promotion, etc. The SBI Foundation believes in reflecting the philosophy of the SBI Group, conducting ethical interventions, promoting growth and equality, and creating a positive impact on society. www.sbifoundation.in. About SBI Funds Management Limited SBI Funds Management Limited (formerly SBI Funds Management Private Limited) is a company incorporated under the Companies Act 1956 on 7th February 1992, having its registered office at 9th Floor, Crescenzo, C- 38 & 39, G Block, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Bandra (East), Mumbai – 400051. SBI Funds Management Limited (SBIFML) is a joint venture between SBI and AMUNDI Asset Management (formerly Amundi SA), a European management company leading assets. SBI currently holds 62.59% of the capital of SBIFML and 36.76% of the capital is held by AMUNDI Asset Management through a wholly-owned subsidiary, Amundi India Holding. About Khan Academy India Khan Academy India (KAI) is a not-for-profit organization, incorporated in India, whose mission is to provide free, world-class education to millions of learners in India. KAI is founded by Khan Academy Inc. and Tata Trusts and also supported by Central Square Foundation and SBI Foundation. We offer quizzes, questions, instructional videos and articles on a range of academic subjects including math, biology, chemistry, physics, history, economics, finance, grammar, preschool learning, etc. Our mastery learning system allows students to learn at their own pace. We provide teachers with tools and data so they can help their students develop the skills, habits, and mindsets needed to succeed in school and beyond. Our resources are available in English, Hindi, Hinglish, Gujarati and Kannada. For more information, please contact: Aman Bhaiya, Deputy Vice President and Head of Program, SBI Foundation [email protected] REP REP

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