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Latino Daily News

Tuesday January 15, 2013

Carlos Slim Partners with Khan Academy to Bring Online Education to Latin America

Carlos Slim Partners with Khan Academy to Bring Online Education to Latin America

Photo: Carlos Slim and Khan Academy Partner

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Billionaire Carlos Slim, ranked by Forbes as the world’s richest person, said he planned to invest more than 4 billion pesos (about $317 million) over the next three years to support Mexico’s education system.

“We will invest more than 4 billion pesos to support connectivity, the development of digital libraries and the equipping of schools as part of our program of educational assistance in Mexico,” Slim said during a press conference Monday at which he announced an alliance with Salman Khan, who runs Academia Khan.

The alliance forged by the Fundacion Slim and Khan is aimed at expanding the academy’s work in Mexico and across Latin America by providing access to online courses and videoconferences on different subjects to promote “world class education,” Slim said.

The courses, designed for students, teachers, parents and university-trained professionals, are free and available 24 hours a day.

The online courses are available in English and Spanish.