EdTech startup WhiteHat Jr, a pioneer in the field of teaching online coding to children, is rigorously ramping up its women-only teacher base in India at a frantic rate of 220 teachers a day, with a plan to cross an important milestone of 20,000 teachers by the end of 2020. Further, the company has launched a new campaign, on the occasion of Teacher’s Day, celebrating the 7000 plus women-only teacher base of WhiteHat Jr, featuring former female World Amateur Boxing Champion and incumbent Member of Parliament, Mary Kom.
Currently, the platform has 84% of teachers under the age of 35 years, teaching coding to kids from the comfort of their house. Earning anywhere between INR 50,000 and INR 1.5 lakhs on an average every month, the majority of the teachers on the platform hold a postgraduate degree. The ongoing ramp-up is to match the growing base of students across multiple countries including India, USA, Canada, UK, Australia, and New Zealand (ANZ).
“Digital education and innovation in teaching methodology have brought back the golden age of teaching in the current times of COVID-19. Parents have also warmed up to the idea of online learning and are fully supportive of the new norms of teaching,” said, Karan Bajaj, Founder and CEO, WhiteHat Jr. “Teachers form the backbone of our product and are the driving force behind our vision to make kids the creators of technology, rather than just consumers. In line with this vision, we are delighted to offer a long-term career roadmap to thousands of teachers in the country, and we are thrilled with the response.”
Inviting women who are passionate about cutting-edge technology such as machine learning and space technology, WhiteHat Jr gives teachers the flexibility to work from home and decide their own work timings.
To make the product truly multilingual and cater to different audiences, WhiteHat Jr maps teachers and students based on the languages they speak, enabling them to switch between languages and making the learning experience more flexible and better suited to the kids’ requirements. Multilingualism not only makes the teacher-student interaction seamless but also helps in creating a safe and nurturing environment, which is necessary for online learning.
Founded in 2018, WhiteHat Jr helps kids from age 6 to 18 years to build commercial-ready games, animations and apps online using the fundamentals of coding. It offers four levels of courses – Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Professional – for students in grades 1-12. Kids create complex games, animations and apps using logic, structure, sequence, commands and algorithmic thinking—in a live 1:1 online classroom. Early graduates of the course have created professional-ready apps downloadable on the App Store at ages as young as seven years old.