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How this women led startup is helping schools across India go online

For India to be the next super-power, educating the next generation is a must-do. Go beyond high earning urban households and education disparity starts to show. About 75% children in class 8 cannot read a class 2 level text, over 50% cannot do simple division. Challenges remain at the institutional level as government schools struggle with inadequate infrastructure and high teacherstudent ratio. The pandemic has deepened the crisis with children from government and budget schools losing out on quality online teaching and teachers struggling to adapt to a digital world. Wise Owl Learning, a social impact edtech company is solving the problem by building a connected platform for schools to go online. The company founded by the dynamic sister-duo Joyati B and Beas Bhowmik, is on a mission to create equal learning opportunities for every child. The startup is slated to upgrade over 1000 schools this year, reaching 100,000+ students with state of art tech and adaptive learning pedagogy. Beas is a sociopreneur having earlier founded the impact education company, Bhoomi. A JNU post graduate, Beas has over a decade of experience in social entrepreneurship and impact consulting. Joyati is an engineer who graduated from Jadavpur University, followed by a global career in quality systems. Launched in early 2021, the Wise Owl’s SAAS based school platform Neeve has been digitizing state schools across Sikkim, Meghalaya and other North-East states. Neeve offers an adaptive learning app for students and a full stack learning management solution for teachers. The Wise Owl team works with state governments to build school transformation programs and performance dashboards, playing an enabling role in India’s new education policy. Wise Owl also offers a AI powered learning app Skipin for individual learners. The award-winning app is holistically designed to adapt to every child’s learning level and take her through active, hands-on learning. Wise Owl is projected to have a strong year on year growth, while creating deep impact in the school education sector. To accelerate the growth trajectory, Wise Owl has roped in Rimjhim Ray, cofounder, Spotle.ai | ex-Leo Burnett on the company board to advise on growth, market and business strategy. The all-women board of Beas, Joyati and Rimjhim are bullish on powering the equal learning movement for every child. Commenting on the Owl’s mission, Beas and Joyati said: We are creating a systemic revolution here, using technology + human intervention to create deep impact. We have built a simple yet powerful connected learning platform that combines learning apps for students with advanced tools for teachers. On one hand our AI powered, adaptive learning addresses learning gaps of every child. On the other hand, we are empowering teachers with data-driven student performance, teaching aids in the form of videos and worksheet makers, and seamless communication tools. We want to support the teachers, the educators and administrators to build India’s new-age learning movement. To know more about Wise Owl’s mission and products visit: https://www.wiseowllearning.io/

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