The Singapore-based startup Doyobi, founded in early 2020, brings the next generation of change makers onto the market.
Edtech has just announced a $ 1 million (S $ 1.37 million) funding round led by 500 startups and Xoogler Angels.
In the Doyobi courses, the children are taught scientific and coding basics. Depending on their age group, children can learn how to code in Scratch or Python.
The project-based curriculum helps educators teach planning and design thinking to learners who develop prototype solutions to problems established under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
“One of my favorite teaching quotes is, 'Point to the stars. Provide missiles, ”said John Tan, founder and CEO of Doyobi.
"Doyobi is providing rockets so teachers can focus on pointing at the stars and helping students get there."
Education that promotes individuality and initiative
Doyobi was founded to make children think.
Father of five and a veteran of the education industry, John founded Doyobi to fill a void he discovered in general education.
John Tan, Founder and CEO of Doyobi / Photo credit: BLLNR
The expectation (in our society) is to get good grades, go to a good college and get a good (read: well paid) job. Point.
But what if instead of becoming a lawyer, I want to rewrite the Constitution? What if, instead of becoming a banker, I want to solve poverty? "
John Tan, Founder and CEO of Doyobi
According to John, Doyobi is a retaliation against the unified approach to education.
"In the age of artificial intelligence, it's mind-boggling that most teachers are expected to spend most of their time in the classroom teaching the same content at the same pace to a class full of unique people."
"Education – done right – can encourage curiosity, creativity and growth in children."
Doyobi teaches young learners Scratch and Python
Doyobi's curriculum is an offshoot of Saturday Kids and is used in Code In The Community, the largest free coding program in Singapore, backed by Google and the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA).
Doyobi enlisted the help of Associate Professor Stella Christie, director of Tsinghua University's Child Cognition Center, to help achieve optimal learning outcomes.
The edtech startup is currently offering two 20-hour science and coding courses. Both courses are based on K12 standards, pedagogy taught in Singapore, the US and the UK.
Science With Code starts in August 2020 and teaches MOE curriculum-oriented content with block-based programming
Learners develop codes for games or simulations that expand their understanding of real-world problems. This includes issues such as pollution and renewable energies.
Doyobi's scratch and Python coding courses allow learners aged eight and over to learn how to program in the major coding languages.
Photo credit: Saturday Children
The content is provided via an integrated learning platform. Quizzes, interactive videos and games are used to keep learners engaged.
Classes are structured in a fun and engaging way to encourage curiosity, creativity and growth. While the educators lead the class, the students set their own pace.
Pandemic An opportunity to reinvent education
The Covid-19 pandemic opened attitudes to education.
“We saw tremendous success early on at edtech companies like Udemy. But that's different, ”says Kjailee Ng, Managing Partner at 500 startups.
"Governments and parents are seeing how powerful alternative platforms like Doyobi can be."
Image credit: Doyobi
According to Holon IQ, funding for edtech startups increased from $ 500 million in 2010 to $ 7 billion in 2019. Another $ 87 billion is expected to be invested over the next 10 years.
Virginia Tan, the founding partner of Teja Ventures, reproduces the data.
“We believe that edtech has reached a turning point in Southeast Asia after Covid-19. (There is a) gap in the K12 market for STEM and extracurricular learning. "
Global from day one, Doyobi ultimately aims to create a scalable education that can affect millions of learners.
"It is hard for people to change something, to leave the world better than we found it, but there are not enough of us who think that way."
"As Jaime Casap (longtime chief education evangelist at Google) puts it," Why are we shooting so low with 'college and career ready'?
We need to empower problem solvers, inventors, change makers, policymakers, and entrepreneurs to build wealth. Getting a job should be our student's backup plan. "
John Tan, Founder and CEO of Doyobi
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