Rishabh Khanna is a cognitive scientist, who has been revolutionising educational practices for over 10 years. After founding transformational learning companies, he is now solving a key issue in education — the lack of quality teachers’ education systems.
“The age-old B.Ed curriculum has failed to prepare teachers for the 21st century, and has made them dependent on on-the-job learning. This absence of skills leads to lower salary packages and hence, teaching has become the last career choice. We identified the layers of the problem, and are offering a complete online solution for teachers. Our services are aimed at making teacher education accessible and providing lifecycle management,” says Rishabh.
Between 2010 and 2017, he researched teacher education standards, curricula, and delivery networks around the world. After extensive on-field research and reviewing skill data of 20,000 plus teachers, Rishabh and his brother Ankit founded Suraasa in 2017, under the parent company Les Transformations.
The startup is headquartered in Gurugram. “In 2018, we launched in Dubai and delivered our in-service teacher education courses to over 300 teachers within the first quarter. That was our first international paycheck.
We also got our approvals from KHDA Dubai to deliver Bachelor Level Teacher Qualifications and our first batch of Teaching Qualifications. In the same year, we initiated research and development of our UK accreditation and approvals by regulatory bodies in the UK,” says Rishabh.Rishabh
Better skilled teachers Quality education is one of the top priorities for every government today. And to make education accessible yet impactful, teacher education is being highly regulated.
Suraasa trains teachers in three countries — India, UK, and UAE — and works with both public and private schools. The startup builds its own courses, working with people who have master’s degrees and PhDs in education and have had decades of experience in international teaching and learning.
According to Niti Aayog, by 2030, India will have the largest number of young people in the globe, a population size, which will be a boon only if these young people are skilled enough to join the workforce, and to do so, you need skilled teachers. “We have built a skilling framework for teachers using global standards of the US, the UK, Australia, the UAE, and Singapore.
It is relevant to 21st century teaching skills, which include more experiential-based training and is customised for students. The Indian education system is going to be revamped, thanks to the NEP and platforms like ours are relevant for the current of education,” says Rishabh.
He adds that Indian teachers need to meet country-specific requirements to get teaching opportunities abroad.
“Suraasa helps teachers in meeting skill and certification requirements by virtue of its courses. Once ready, teachers are helped to get selected for international teaching jobs and the local teaching approvals for the target countries. We put them in touch with government and private schools with better salaries. Basic salary may start as low as Rs 80,000 up to Rs 4 lakh per month,” says the founder.
Suraasa’s programmes are internationally benchmarked and accepted as graduate level qualifications in Dubai and the UK, and also help people in getting employment opportunities. In fact, these are highly sought-after courses in these countries and are even preferred by schools when they look for teachers. “In our initial research and discussions with schools in India, we saw high reception in international schools, and they have shown interest in hiring our learners who have completed our certificate and diploma programmes,” says the founder.
The Business of Suraasa
The e-learning platform enables teachers to upskill themselves with content and pedagogy created by its in-house research and development team. It is available as a web and app-based solution, and is on both Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
The edtech startup’s technology has been built in-house and comes with an immersive education experience built on cognitive learning technology, which enables one to develop deep rooted skills. Users can also build a personalised skill portfolio for better career opportunities. Teachers are able to learn, complete assignments, join live classes, pursue complete qualifications online with real-time classes with professors from around the world. Soon, Suraasa will allow teachers to apply for international and domestic jobs and schools to search and hire highly skilled teachers within the platform.
“A prospective teacher can join our online or a physical centre-based graduate-level teaching qualification programme instead of going for a traditional B.Ed. These qualifications help teachers in building their skill portfolios that become the evidence of their skill set, leading them to get employment opportunities from high paying schools and get higher starting salaries. Moreover, our qualifications are accepted in multiple countries, and even lead to receiving teaching licenses in many countries,” says Rishabh.
Similarly, a current teacher with qualifications like B.Ed or M.Ed can also join Suraasa’s short-term certification and skill enhancement programmes and build a skill portfolio for better career and growth opportunities. They can then get employed by higher paying schools or plan a teaching career abroad. The company charges Rs 20000 per course to Rs 2.50 lakh.
Source : yourstory.com