By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Getting educational services in Nigeria has always been a herculean task, leaving many to wonder why not much has been done to address the pressing challenges in the sector.
However, that seems to be a thing of the past with the introduction of a new platform by a self-funded and fast growing edtech startup in Nigeria.
The firm, TeachersAroundMe, focuses on digital distribution of professional teachers, linguists, counsellors and skill trainers with clients.
It was launched mid last year in Nigeria and is currently one of the most independent in the industry, offering quality services to clients.
Its chief executive, Mr Arik-Olakunle Awodein, explained that TeachersAroundMe emerged due to challenges facing education, morals and skill acquisition system.
According to him, the main challenge is illiteracy, language barrier, immorality, unskilled individuals, unemployment and lack of professionalism of the people in the system and also the uneasy access to the qualified professionals.
He said TeachersAroundMe platform allows qualified professional teachers, linguists, counsellors and skilled trainers to register and get listed for free, also giving them the opportunity to state their own pay, where and who they prefer to work with.
Mr Awodein noted that there is a distinction between TeachersAroundMe and existing platforms, emphasising that this includes pricing.
He further said “though TeachersAroundMe has been bootstrapped over the years, and running a tech business is very expensive, we still do not want to take this on our users. We’re in for fair treatment for all.
“We are here to redefine lives positively, not make it unbearable, and by so doing, we place our users first.”
TeachersAroundMe has made a huge progress since it started operations in 2017, boasting of over 6,000 professionals and about 4,000 clients.
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