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The Nigerian education system is no doubt, broken. Top of which is the fact that qualified professionals in the educational sector are not easily gotten and under paid.
Many Nigerians who studied education are mostly working outside their field of study in a bid to either figure out their own path and or earn a living. Nigerian edtech startup TeachersAroundMe.com launched mid last year, focusing on digital distribution of professional teachers, linguists, counselors and skill trainers to end consumers.
TeachersAroundMe helps educator (teachers, linguists, counselors and skill trainers) get seen and employed for free without having to leave their home job hunting.
When asked about competition from the likes of Prepclass, Tuteria, the company’s founder and CEO Arik Olakunle Awodein said “we have colleagues not competitors. As a matter of fact, I’ve met, wine and dine with the supposed competitors you think. We are cool because they are our colleagues. You can’t be cool with a competitor you know. None of them is a threat to us. We are TeachersAroundMe and we are different in many ways. We’re not building a company, we’re building a family, a community of like minded people on the same mission to redefine lives positively. Tuteria, Prepclass are doing their thing greatly, leaving TeachersAroundMe to do hers.
As a matter of fact, the company just being an idea as far back as 2012, before embarking on research and development in the year 2015 - 2016, and launching in May 2017, has been solely funded by the founder and has made significant traction within the space of one year, having more than 6,000 professionals (teachers, linguists, counselors and skill trainers) and about 4,000 clients all achieved with zero cost on marketing. A company yet without external funding should be so keen about charging, aggressively her users to stay alive. But not in TeachersAroundMe’s case.
Arik-Olakunle Awodein is so deep into the value the company has to offer first, then monetization. No existing competition has this seriously placed on the front burner. Most of them charge their users heavily. Which to me is unfair. I know none of us in running a charity organization, we’re in business to all make money. But in our line of business, we need to be considerate. And help bring sanity to not just the system but the world at large. We in the education and edtech system should set a good example for others, being the leader of all industry (education is the heart and growth of every nation. Without education, there will be no FinTech, Adtech, Agtech and what tech have you. Though the edtech scene has few recognition by investors, but whether anyone likes it or not, Edtech is the industry leader. Capish!”, he said.
Arik Olakunle Awodein, and his self funded company haven dodged from the media for a long time, growing silently, has gotten recognition from AfricArena 2018 as one of the 15 recognized startup in Nigeria taking place in South Africa by November.