According to the World Economic Forum, 65% of children entering primary school right now will work in jobs that do not yet exist, and the only way to prepare these kids to face the upcoming uncertainty is to give them access to 21st Century (21C) skills that inspire creativity, encourage collaboration, reward critical thinking and facilitate effective communication.
To address this gap in the current education system, we are seeing a rise in edtech startups that look to provide the tools necessary for schools and teachers to successfully deliver a more relevant curriculum. Today, we’re excited to announce our investment in Doyobi, a leading provider of STEM teaching resources and teacher professional development to schools through its virtual learning environment (VLE).
Doyobi empowers teachers to bring STEM and 21C skills to the classroom, and ultimately prepare kids to be dreamers, inventors, and entrepreneurs. They provide professional development, teaching resources, and community-led peer learning opportunities to help teachers nurture changemakers. Through their platform, Doyobi educators are able to teach science and coding in a fun and interactive way, with guided courses that integrate videos, quizzes and projects, and their unique blend of learning materials have been met with rave reviews from their early users.
Since launching in August 2020, Doyobi’s Virtual Learning Environment has been used by nearly 2,000 teachers in over 10 countries. Indonesia and the Philippines are two of Doyobi’s biggest markets, with a growing number of schools in Middle East and Africa adopting Doyobi. Doyobi’s curricula are also used in Code in the Community, the largest free coding programme in Singapore, supported by Google and the Singapore government.
We’ve known founder John Tan for the better part of the past decade and have been impressed with the founding team he has built, consisting of Prerna Gupta, Greg Ho and Shawn Leong. They bring with them experiences building and scaling various companies in Southeast Asia including Ninja Van, GymKraft, and Saturday Kids. Their combined experience, coupled with a united passion for bringing about real and necessary change in what’s being taught in schools, has us confident in what’s in store for Doyobi going forward.
As the paradigm shift in K-12 education towards a more engaging and interactive curriculum becomes more and more evident, Doyobi aims to become the one-stop solution for all educators who want access to the tools necessary to nurture the next generation of leaders and changemakers, and we look forward to embarking on this journey with John and the Doyobi team!
Read the press release announcing our investment in Doyobi here.