Education over the years has evolved from self-education through self-directed play and exploration, acquiring a vast knowledge of plants and herbs for agricultural purposes to teaching certain expectations and behaviors to children.
In recent years, education has changed into a tool for children to learn and apply their talents or skills and for young people and adults to understand the competitive nature of the workforce. Similarly, with the advancement of technology, students are no longer restricted to the four walls of a classroom to learn a new course, acquire a skill, or advance in a specific field of interest.
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Globally, technology is rapidly transforming education. While edtech in Africa is moving slower due to power shortage and low Internet penetration, some African edtech are helping Africans learn.
A Nigerian fintech company, Tuteria, is a edtech firm that connects students with qualified tutors in their neighbourhood, is one of the few edtech startups changing education in Africa as it has shown that tutoring may be one of the most critical strategies for facilitating student engagement to achieve academic success.
According to the Chief Executive Officer of the Tuteria, Godwin Benson, the edtech company was launched in 2014 with the sole purpose of making learning accessible to learners who want to reach their learning potential, plus helping tutoring to increase a child’s motivation and attitude to reach their full learning potential.
When asked why edtech, the University of Lagos Systems Engineering graduate said he noticed that parents often found it difficult to get qualified tutors who could actually deliver on their promise. He also recalled how he was hired in 2005 to tutor a child who was struggling with maths and how his payment was delayed after teaching, which troubled him greatly.
‘’That experience got me thinking, how could a seamless method ensuring payment for tutorial services be created? So, I recognized a valuable opportunity in the education industry to create an innovative platform that would benefit both students and teachers, and I decided to seize it.
It would be nine years until Tuteria was launched. He said, “As of 2005, Tuteria was just an idea in my head. I didn’t know how to implement it because Abiola and I didn’t have the resources until 2014,” he says.
Making learning accessible, Tuteria believes that everyone is a learner and that people are always eager to learn one thing or the other based on their interests. The company makes learning accessible to everyone in Nigeria, regardless of their level of education. The company has tutors in all 36 states of the country and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Tuteria explores learning beyond the classroom. It covers some subjects and courses taught in primary, secondary, and tertiary institutions, with tutors available for international exams such as the IELTS and GRE.
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“We’ve always been very big on convenience for our learners; hence we make it easy for them to reach us and access our service. They can request for our services via phone call, WhatsApp, social media platforms, emails or just walking into our office in Lagos,” Benson mentions.
Regarding the safety measures of the platform, the company believes that background and security verifications and tutors’ assessments are essential to ensure the learner’s safety. ‘’All of our tutors go through rigorous verification and assessment processes, and only a small number of them are hired. They are about 20%,” he reveals
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