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Khan Academy Bangla’s video lessons a vital resource during lockdown

  • Published at 01:12 pm May 16th, 2020
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Screenshot taken from official website of Khan Academy Bangla (bn.khanacademy.org)

The contents of which have been translated in more than 36 languages for a greater reach

Khan Academy, a non-profit virtual educational organization established in 2008, is quite well known for its free video tutorials and interactive exercises that help students learn online from anywhere. 

Millions of students worldwide, especially the poor, have benefited from these online learning services, the contents of which have been translated in more than 36 languages for a greater reach.

Here in Bangladesh, Agami Education Foundation, a US-registered non-profit charity organization, is responsible for translating and localizing the online content published by Khan Academy.

As educational institutes remain closed during the prolonged Covid-19 forced government holiday, online education has come to rescue for students who do not want to fall behind, and the role of Khan Academy Bangla is proving to be the most vital.

Its Youtube channel has at least 69,000 subscribers, said concerned officials, adding, that views and subscriptions have seen a significant increase during this government shutdown.  

Contacted, Agami Education Foundation’s Dilruba Chowdhury,  who is the program director for Khan Academy Bangla, said: “We are currently emphasizing on mathematics. We have localized over 2,500 videos in Bangla.

“Those videos have over 650 exercises which contain more than 8,500 mathematical problems. For this, we had to localize and translate a total of 4.5 million words into Bangla.” 

“Besides, to cover the curriculum gap caused by the Covid-19 crisis, around 280 new videos and 80 new exercises consisting of 1,500 problem sets have also been created by our content team here in Dhaka,” she added.

Meanwhile, B M Fazley Rabbi, program manager of Khan Academy Bangla, said: “In the official website -- bn.khanacademy.org -- especially the math contents are aligned grade-wise up to the eighth grade. 

“We also localized physics, chemistry, biology, and computer science, based on materials pertinent to the syllabus that Bangladeshi students have to follow.” 

“For providing the students a better experience we have uploaded all our newly produced materials in Kolibri – a specially designed e-learning arena which also functions offline,” he added.

Echoing the same, Nafisa Khanom, executive director of Agami Education Foundation, said: “Our programs include -- basic education for the country’s underprivileged children, skill training for adults, public health and economic initiatives for poor families -- among others.”

“We are currently providing our services to 13 different schools across the country where around 3,000 students study. These schools are located in Dhaka as well as in remote areas like Sajek Valley and Patiya upazila.”

“To get selected for our assistance, these schools had to go through a scrutiny process, wherein the administration of these institutes had to ensure us that they are indeed being deprived of proper educational facilities and materials. After selection, we then collaborate with them by providing course materials, necessary training, and teaching facilities. Videos of Khan Academy Bangla are used for teaching the students,” she added. 

She said: “Our mission is to create a lasting socio-economic change in Bangladesh through proper and effective education.”

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