The UK based edtech company, Futurescool on Friday announced that it will partner with organizations and educational institutions in Nigeria to launch online after-school classes focused on AI, blockchain, WEB3, metaverse, and critical thinking for students ages 8 – 18 on 13 November 2023.
According to a statement by the founder, Tea Sankovic, Futurescool is the first of its kind to merge cutting-edge technology and essential sciences with crucial soft skills and personal development to empower young minds with the knowledge and abilities needed to thrive in the 21st century.
“Futurescool fills in the gap between technology and the traditional education system. We provide a well-rounded curriculum for mastering cutting-edge technologies like AI, quantum computing, blockchain, and the metaverse to honing critical soft skills such as adaptability, leadership, and problem-solving.” Sankovic says.
She notes that the modules cover a diverse range of subjects, including cybersecurity, online safety, financial literacy, renewable energy, creativity, and innovation.
“Crafted with the assistance of Ivy League alumni, Futurescool’s innovative program presents fun and interactive live after-school classes. The program embraces a combination of the problem-based learning framework, the case study method pioneered by Harvard, and the moonshot framework at the core of Google’s innovation.” She explains.
Accessibility and Affordability for Children in Nigeria
The CEO of the company says “Our startup plans future expansion in different countries, such as Nigeria, and is planning on helping with education in the local communities in Northern Nigeria”. Futurescool plans to work with the private sector, public sector, NGOs, and educational institutions, and language experts that can localize the curriculum for various regions and cultures, as well as to create solutions that align with the economic conditions of each country.
“Futurescool is committed to the vision of empowering young minds worldwide, and our aspiration is to make our program available to children in different countries and in a variety of languages in the future. We firmly believe that access to cutting-edge education should know no geographical or linguistic boundaries. While we may not have immediate global coverage in every language, we have a clear roadmap to expand our reach to diverse regions and communities, such as Northern Nigeria” she says.
Futurescool is examining approaches designed to overcome economic challenges in the country that could impede children from benefiting from this initiative.
These strategies include reduced pricing models that take into account the economic conditions of Northern Nigeria, offering lower-cost options to families in the area.
“We are also actively pursuing community partnerships in Nigeria, collaborating with local organizations and NGOs to provide financial assistance and resources to disadvantaged students in the region, ultimately reducing the financial burden on families” Sankovic says.
The start-up is also initiating scholarship programs specifically aimed at supporting underprivileged children in Nigeria, ensuring they have equal access to our education.