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Partnership with Altius continues to thrive

Vishrudh Sarathy

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The Palayam Foundation is entering the 3rd year of partnership with Altius Foundation. As Altius continues to grow, we have looked for new and unique ways to support their cause of extending educational opportunities to students across India.

One of the programs we have supported, the Karka Math Lab (KML), has experienced significant growth and success. This program has helped students (grade 6-8) learn mathematics and computer skills, using standardized learning programs and Khan Academy modules. There has been large demand for the KML program from school systems in rural areas of India. Altius is focused on meeting the demand, and will scale the KML program rapidly over the next 12-24 months.

Students at the Panchayat Union Middle school (Pudukkadu, Coimbatore) learning math using Khan Academy modules.

Students at the Panchayat Union Middle school (Pudukkadu, Coimbatore) learning math using Khan Academy modules.

In order to ensure this program scales effectively, Altius is developing an open-source Learning Management Platform that will provide guided learning journeys, capture information, and provide immediate feedback to the students the students as they progress through the curriculum of the KML program. It will also capture data for teachers and administrators, so they can focus their counseling and get immediate feedback on performance.

Altius believes that the development of this Platform will be a critical part of the continued growth of the KML program. The Palayam Foundation Board voted on and approved a $25,000 donation this year to support the development of this Platform. We are excited to see our partnership with Altius become more strategic, and in line with our "Venture Philanthropy" model.

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