MAKING LEARNING FUN AND EFFECTIVE
BYJU’S is India’s largest Ed-tech company and the creator of India’s largest K12 learning app that offers highly adaptive, engaging and effective learning programmes for students in classes and competitive exams like JEE, NEET, CAT, IAS, GRE and GMAT. Launched in 2015, BYJU’S has become the most loved and preferred education app for students across age groups.
This app makes use of original content, rich animations, interactive simulations and engaging video lessons from India’s best teachers. The app has so far received over 8 million downloads, 4,00,000 annual paid subscriptions and attracts 30,000 new students every month. With an average time of 40 minutes spent by a student on the app every day from hundreds of cities, this app is making learning enjoyable and effective.
Delivering world class learning experience, BYJU’S is making learning contextual and visual, and not just theoretical. The app has been designed to adapt to the unique learning style of every student, as per the pace, size and style of learning. The learning app is paving the way for new-age, geography-agnostic learning tools that sit at the cross section of mobile, interactive content and adaptive learning methodologies.
Till date, BYJU’s has raised over USD 200 million from Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, World Bank’s investment arm – International Finance Corporation (IFC),Verlinvest, Aarin Capital, Sequoia Capital, Sofina, TimesInternet and Lightspeed ventures, to become the largest funded Ed-tech startup in India.
REVOLUTIONALISING CENTRES OF LEARNING
NDL India has been conceived as a platform for change in the educational paradigms of India by Ministry of Human Resource Development), Government of India, under its National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT).
Developed by IIT Kharagpur, NDL India is an umbrella over existing digital repositories with Indian language user interface and interface for differently-abled users. It is a movement to reach out to people in the country with educational contents of not just books, papers or thesis but with class lectures, audio books and lectures, tutorials, assignments and solutions, simulations, animations, data sets through a single source access. It is for all learners, at all levels and for all subject areas.
NDL India facilitates collaborative learning environment through student-student, student-teacher and teacher-teacher collaboration. It is also designed to support collaborative learning environment through integration with MOOCs. It provides an infrastructure for self-paced purpose-centric learning and has pioneered national licensing of publishers’ contents that makes contents, which is normally priced, available to NDL India users for free – paving the way to democratise education in the country. NDL India app provides access through multiple Indian language user interfaces. Their plan is to make the user interface available in nine Indian languages that cover more than 90 per cent of Indian population. NDL is available as both Web app and mobile app on Android. iOS and Windows apps are to be released soon.
FOR THE LOVE OF READING
Many children in India are unprepared or not fully prepared to start school. Lack of school readiness negatively impacts children’s learning outcomes and has contributed to a national learning crisis. Starting from birth, simple interventions such as parents reading aloud to their children can be powerful antidotes to poor learning environments. Reading aloud to young children narrows the gaps in learning and introduces a world of ideas, vocabulary and concepts to young children. Despite this, many poor households in India lack a culture of reading and have limited exposure to books.
Worldreader, in partnership with Pearson and Project Literacy, launched the Read to Kids programme in low-income communities in Delhi with the goal of getting more parents reading to young children. Working with Indian and international publishers, Worldreader curated and digitised a collection of over 400 Hindi and English storybooks and gave free access to them via their Read to Kids app. The mobile application is designed to work responsively on a wide range of mobile phones, even with inconsistent 2G networks.
This app was distributed via networks of community-based partners committed to early childhood development. It is designed as a behaviour change campaign to raise awareness about the value of reading to children, leverage social media and digital advertising. In one year, this programme has reached out to over 2,20,000 households in the Delhi-NCR region.