Online Spanish language educator TareasPlus receives $1.8m in seed funding from distance learning provider Academic Partnerships.

TareasPlus, a US-based education start-up, has received $1.8m in seed funding from distance-learning provider Academic Partnerships (AP).

The San Francisco-based firm will use the funding to expand and improve its Spanish-language online learning facilities, which are aimed at supporting primary, secondary, and further education students throughout Latin America.

The free-to-access content-on-demand online videos specialise in mathematics, but also cover some sciences. TareasPlus hopes that by delivering unlimited access to online tutoring that is specifically developed for Spanish speaking students, it will overcome educational barriers in Latin America.

“Right now, more than half of students in Latin America do not develop the minimum skills needed to function in mathematics,” said TareasPlus founder and chief executive officer Hernan Jaramillo. “One key reason these skills are falling behind in Latin America is due to resources. 88% of primary schools in Latin America don’t have science labs, and 40% have no libraries. The students…

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