World’s richest person and Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has donated $5 million to the digital learning non-profit organization Khan Academy. In a YouTube video posted Monday, Khan Academy founder Salman Khan thanked Musk for the donation, which the Tesla CEO made through his Musk Foundation.
“Elon, I hope you really feel good about this,” Khan said in the video. “This is going to allow us to accelerate all sorts of content. Our aspirations are all subjects – from kids to the early stages of college.”
“This will accelerate our science content, allow us to do more early learning. Allow us to make the software and the practice that much more engaging,” he added.
Founded in 2002, the Musk Foundation supports research in renewable energy, human space exploration, pediatrics and science and engineering.
Meanwhile, Khan Academy founded in 2008, aims to provide free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Using ‘interactive practice problems, articles, and videos that help students succeed in math, biology, chemistry, physics, history, economics, finance, grammar, and many other topics’.
The resources have been translated into dozens of languages. And 15 million people around the globe learn on Khan Academy each month. Moreover, it has over 120 million registered users. With up to 30 million students using the platform every month, revealed Khan in his video.
Khan Academy founder thanks Elon Musk & his foundation
As the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to turn to distance learning, many students and parents who struggled with the transition turned to Khan Academy for help.
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard. As a result, this empowers learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.
It must be noted that Khan himself was named one of TIME’s 100 most influential people in 2012 due to the academy’s wide-ranging goals. The platform is available in Chinese, French, German, Spanish, and English.
Musk, on the other hand, made headlines by surpassing Jeff Bezos as the richest person in the world. In addition to his, growing his wealth by $166 billion in just one year.
After the government closed the schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools continue asking for a fee from the children. In such a grave scenario, when the whole of Pakistan is on the verge of shutting down, the schools are asking for fees. Without realizing, the burden of parents, the profit lusty schools administrations are forcing and sending notices to the parents of the student.
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