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  • Awarded: 2013
  • Issue Areas: Early Childhood to Primary Education · Education · Post-Secondary Education · Secondary Education
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    About the Organization

    Khan Academy’s mission is to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. The Mountain View, Calif.-based nonprofit uses intelligent software, deep data analytics and intuitive user interfaces to help teachers and students around the world.

    Online resources cover preschool through early college education, including math, biology, chemistry, physics, economics, finance, history and grammar. Khan Academy offers free personalized SAT test prep in partnership with the test developer, the College Board. Khan Academy has been translated into dozens of languages, and 100 million people use the platform worldwide every year.

    Although the United Nations and others have declared education to be a basic human right, it is a right denied to many.

    KA provides free, high quality education for anyone, anywhere – through online lessons and in schools.

    Salman Khan sees this work as an opportunity to fundamentally rethink the educational model.

    More than 10 million users globally subscribe to KA.

    Ambition for Change

    Khan Academy’s mission is to provide a free, world‑class education for anyone, anywhere.

    Path to Scale

    Open Source Online Resources

    Any learner or teacher can have free access to courses, materials, and tools.

    Salman “Sal” Khan is the founder and chief executive officer of Khan Academy. Khan Academy started as a passion project in 2004. Sal’s cousin was struggling with math so he tutored her remotely and posted educational videos on YouTube. So many people watched the videos that eventually Sal pursued Khan Academy full time. Today Khan Academy has more than 130 employees in Mountain View, California. More than 48 million registered users access Khan Academy in dozens of languages across 190 countries. Sal has been profiled by 60 Minutes, featured on the cover of Forbes, and recognized as one of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.” In his book, "The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined," Sal outlines his vision for the future of education. Sal holds three degrees from MIT and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

    Impact & Accomplishments

    • 10,000 unique videos, 3,000 unique articles and 50,000 unique exercises, all available free
    • 999 million lessons delivered
    • More than six billion problems solved
    • Available in 190 countries
    • 2.5 million students use Khan Academy's free Official SAT Practice at roughly equal rates across income levels, race and ethnicity, and gender.
    • Approximately 50% of SAT test takers in the United States use Khan Academy to prepare for the exam.
    • 64% of first-generation students at top universities in the US say Khan Academy was a meaningful part of their education


    Salman KhanFounder and Executive Director, Khan Academy

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