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Tata Trusts partners with EdCast to launch Global Educator Teach-A-Thon

12 / 05 / 2016 (Thursday) || 06:47 AM
Tata Trusts - India's oldest non sectarian philanthropic organisations - has partnered with EdCast to announce the launch of the Global Educator Teach-A-Thon, a first of its kind annual competition for educators to showcase the impact and power of social learning technology. A global challenge, this platform is open to all educators in India as well.

The Teach-a-thon that began on April 19, will continue till March 19, 2017.

Designed to challenge professional and independent educators to embrace the sharing economy, ‘The Global Educator Teach-A-Thon’ is the first ever open-knowledge viral challenge to help students and adults worldwide to learn from free open content. Educators, and those with a passion for a specific subject or discipline, are invited to demonstrate their teaching acumen by recording and uploading short video lessons in English of less than 10 minutes, from their smartphone. The educator(s) who garner the highest user engagement will win the grand prize of $100,000.  Additional partners include Arizona State University, The KIPP Foundation, Pencils of Promise, Reach Newschools Capital, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Teach For All, and Teach For America.

According to a 2014 report by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, there are 94,77,970 educators in India out of which 29,94,310 teach at the senior secondary and higher education level. The Global Educator Teach-A-Thon challenge presents an opportunity for educators in India to demonstrate their knowledge and expertise in the field of education in India.

Ratan Tata, chairman, Tata Trusts, said, “With a strong belief that education should know no boundaries, we are pleased to partner with EdCast on this first ever Global Educator Teach-A-Thon competition. Education is a fundamental right and a catalyst for socio-economic wellbeing. We need to find newer and innovative means to deliver education to all sections of our communities."

“We’re challenging the status quo when it comes to the way we share and retain knowledge,” says Karl Mehta, CEO of EdCast. “This global competition is about pushing the boundaries of social innovation, and encouraging people from around the world to use their creativity to make learning the ultimate shared experience.”

Participation is free, and all interested applicants can visit www.edcast.com/corp/GET for more information. All interested educators will be contacted regarding their selection to participate.

Mountain View, California headquartered EdCast is a social knowledge network built to enhance the human ability to learn and get smarter.

Tata Trusts are amongst India's oldest, non-sectarian philanthropic organisations comprising of Sir Ratan Tata & Allied Trusts (1919) and Sir Dorabji Tata & Allied Trusts (1932). For more information please visit http://tatatrusts.org/.