Elon Musk is funding a project to help children in Tanzania read and write.
He's putting forward $15 million for the project, called the Global Learning XPrize, which wants to revolutionise the teaching of reading, writing and arithmetic for the 260 million children on the planet who do not have access to primary or secondary education.
They are addressing that with 150 villages in Tanzania, where 8,000 children will be given Pixel C tablets by Google. The software, designed by a variety of teams for the XPrize competition, attempts to help children aged seven to ten learn without more formal education.
The competition has been whittled down to 11 teams so far, from 198 entrants in 2014.
In September, five finalists will be chosen from a shortlist of open source projects, and each finalist will be awarded $1 million.
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