General Motors has announced a $1 million donation to Khan Academy to help disadvantaged children receive a better education.
During the presentation, Barra outlined her work with Business Roundtable, a non-profit association composed of CEOs from several major U.S. companies, where Barra was asked to lead a special sub-committee focused on the reconciliation of racial disparities in education and workforce.
“Inequities in education disproportionately affect many low-income and minority communities, which can put children from these communities at a disadvantage as early as grade three,” Barra explains in the presentation, adding that addressing learning disadvantages early can have a significant impact on workforce disadvantages later in life.
Barra goes on to say that with the COVID-19 pandemic causing widespread school closures, these disparities can be exacerbated.
“So as part of advancing a safer world for all, General Motors is donating $1 million to the Khan Academy, one of the world’s leaders in online learning,” Barra said.
The donation will be used to further Khan Academy’s work in bringing educational opportunities to all, as well as provide remote learning training for educators, translating existing resources into Spanish and bringing those resources to Spanish-speaking communities, aligning distance learning resources across school districts, creating a new STEM curriculum for second-grade students, and providing educators with data-driven feedback to bring students up to speed.
Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization founded in 2008, which offers a wealth of online tools, videos, lessons, and practice exercises for students, teachers, districts, and parents. All resources are offered free of charge.
The donation announcement coincides with a vast array of debuts and reveals from the automaker at CES, including the announcement of the BrightDrop commercial electric product ecosystem and several futuristic Cadillac concept vehicles. GM stock value reached an all-time high of $48.95 on Tuesday.