ThinkZone, has announced its plans of expanding its footprint in Odisha by creating jobs for 300 women micro-entrepreneurs.
The start-up with over 100+ women employees catering to over 2,800 children in 375 villages across nine blocks of the districts of Cuttack, Kendrapara and Bhadrak of Odisha.
Now, the organisation is looking forward to deepen its engagement in the most backward districts of the State, besides expanding into coastal Odisha.
The local women of Odisha are supposed to deliver quality early-grade education programmes following the Teaching-at-the-Right-Level approach (an MIT evidence-based pedagogy). Along with this, innovative education solutions like “School-in-a-Box”, offline technology, proprietary teaching activities and class management tools will also help in improving the learning outcomes of 10,000 children in the State by 2020.
This plan for expansion comes on the back of it closing a post seed stage round of funding of$ 104,000 from education sector focused impact investor Gray Matters Capital under its edLABS initiative.
Explaining about the expansion plans, Binayak Acharya, Founder, ThinkZone said, “The work we do at ThinkZone is unique because we are developing a tech-based pedagogy for first generation learners and empowering women entrepreneurs who come from a limited education background with facilitation skills to provide tech-driven quality education in rural India.
“We’re creating a scalable model of technology and local community interventions that can be adapted to the local context. We plan to scale our expansion through greater decentralization and partner with select public sector organizations and private MNCs to implement our early-grade learning enhancement and teacher-training programs,” he added.