Online learning platform for life and professional skills
Aditi and Harry Goyal, couple and co-founders of online learning platform Learn Infinity, grew up frustrated with Nepal’s education system.
Aditi Goyal was 16 when she was expelled from her high school six months before the board exams. She turned to YouTube and other online education sites to prepare for the test. She won the final with flying colors, scoring 96%. The experience only reinforced his belief that the country’s education system was deeply flawed.
Harry had this revelation while working as a teacher. He noticed that students were being taught outdated curricula from which they had little to benefit in the future. He did not like the way the Nepalese education system prioritized exam scores over knowledge and skills.
When the couple met, they learned that they both shared a common view of education in Nepal, which was that it did not prepare students for life. Thus began their mission to improve the quality of teaching and learning.
Learn Infinity is an online platform that offers various courses, trainings and mentoring for students as well as professionals.
“We offer skills and lessons that are really useful,” says Aditi.
The courses offered by the platform include subjects that are not taught in schools and skills such as personal finance, leadership, communication and storytelling. It also has a host of lessons on design, illustration, presentations, and more.
The price of registration for these courses varies from Rs 1,200 to Rs 5,000. On average, a course consists of about 8 to 12 sessions, each lasting 60 to 90 minutes.
“We regularly update the lessons and courses according to the needs of our target group,” says Harry.
Learn Infinity launched in July 2020 amid the Covid-19 pandemic and it was an instant hit.
As co-founders, Aditi’s goal is to provide students with courses and modules that promote their overall growth, not just academically, and Harry’s role is to identify student needs and to create engaging lessons. The company also has 15 other staff who design courses.
Learn Infinity also offers special courses for schools and companies that meet the needs of students and corporate employees.
The idea behind these special courses came when the company was asked by WASH Alliance, a European organization working in the field of water, sanitation and hygiene, to develop an online course, which is now used in countries like Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Uganda.
Building on its success with WASH, the company has introduced similar training modules targeting Nepalese businesses and schools. It all started with a program designed to provide emotional guidance and mentorship to school children.
“I was shocked at how much today’s teenagers need guidance just to get through their daily lives,” says Aditi. “There are 13-year-olds struggling with self-harm and living with emotional trauma.”
She says the mentorship program has helped many children. Learn Infinity has provided its services to Euro School, Sanskriti International School, Euro School Chhauni, Kathmandu World School, Malpi Institute, Aksharaa School and many more. He has also worked with various companies and businesses in the Kathmandu Valley.
“Learning and development was not a priority for Nepalese companies in the past. But that is slowly changing,” Harry said.
“Online training courses benefit trainees as well as the companies they work for. They are cost and time efficient, and they are easily accessible. »
In a short time, Learn Infinity has served over 2,000 people and worked with dozens of schools and businesses. When the company was only six months old, it won the award for “Best International Startup in South Asia” in a competition organized by Lemon Ideas of India. It has also been awarded for innovation by the Nepal Chamber of Commerce. Likewise, Aditi was honored with the “Summit Woman of the Year 2021” in the entrepreneurship category by Open Space Network.
The Learn Infinity co-founders hope to work and collaborate with more companies and schools across the country in the future.
“Our ultimate goal is to expand the e-learning market in Nepal and beyond,” says Harry.