Working with Khan Academy
Corporate social responsibility, diversify, working on education sector: people may call Nascenia working with Khan Academy in many names. So, how do we want to call it?
We noticed Salman Khan‘s work in the mid of 2010. That’s after he had been endorsed by Bill Gates in Aspen Ideas Festival 2010. Thanks to Syed Raihan for sharing it on his Facebook status. One man educating the whole world! A descendant from Bangaldeshi soil is working to change how the world will be learning in next decade! Let’s see what he had in his mind:
What are we doing here? Can’t we join him in any way? That was our first instinct.
Meanwhile Salman received an award from Google by their 10^100 project. Translating in other languages were one of the objectives.
So, I partnered with my friend Arif Zaman who is a professional video translator and dubber, and in my opinion the best in the country. We took the first lesson of Alzebra, translated and dubbed it into Bangla and wrote to Salman with the sample. “… Bangla is the 6th most spoken language in the world… as you are descendant from this soil… you might want to give back…”, I wrote.
He replied! I replied back. We signed a contract in a month. We started a pilot project with Biology, the most difficult among all playlists, I would say.
We succeeded with the pilot. And here we are completing the entire Science playlists of 381 videos by May 2011! That’s about 82 hours of lecture in Bangla about Physics, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Biology. Learners, go visit Khan Academy Bangla on Youtube or Khan Academy Bangla website, and get some international standard lectures from an MIT and Harvard scholar. And, hey! He will be talking in Bangla for you this time 🙂
Back to the question we asked ourselves at the beginning of this post. What do we want to call it?
We call it passion. We are proud to be driven by that rather than the lessons in MBA classes :).