A number of ed tech companies around the world – and the country of Estonia – are offering free services to universities, schools and students to limit the disruption to learning caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Challenges to the international education sector have been unprecedented, with travel bans and school and university closures.

In response, language-learning platform Busuu has announced a new initiative called Keep Kids Learning, that will offer free live streamed language classes for children in English, Spanish, French and Mandarin Chinese.

Classes will be grouped by age group and taught for free by Busuu’s network of experienced and qualified language teachers, who will be compensated by Busuu.

“As a working parent myself, I know firsthand how challenging it can be to keep kids occupied when school is closed. With so much uncertainty around when schools will reopen, it’s crucial that we keep children engaged in learning as best we can,” said Bernhard Niesner, co-founder and CEO, Busuu.

“This is waking people up and making them modernise their approach to instruction”

Read more : Will Nott : The PIE News : 17 March 2020