Aditi and Harry Goyal, couple and co-founders of e-learning platform Learn Infinity, grew up frustrated with the Nepali 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 aced the finals with flying colors, scoring 96 percent. The experience only reinforced her belief that the country education system was deeply flawed.
Harry had this revelation while working as a teacher. He noticed that students were being taught outdated syllabus from which they had little to benefit in future. He did not like the way Nepali education system prioritized exam grades over knowledge and skills.
When the couple met they learned how they both shared a common view about education in Nepal, that it did not prepare students for life. Thus began their mission to improve the teaching-learning quality.
Learn Infinity is an online platform that offers various courses, training and mentorship for students as well as for professionals.
“We offer skills and lessons that are actually useful,” says Aditi.
The courses the platform offers include subjects that aren’t taught in schools and skills like personal finance, leadership, communication and storytelling. It also has a host of lessons on designing, illustration, presentations and many more.
The price of signing up for these courses range from Rs 1,200 to Rs 5,000. On average, a course includes around 8 to 12 sessions, each spanning from 60 to 90 minutes.
“We regularly update the lessons and courses based on the needs of our target group,” says Harry.
Learn Infinity was launched in July 2020 amid the Covid-19 pandemic and it was an instant success.
As co-founders, Aditi’s focus is on providing the students with courses and modules that promote their overall growth not just in academics, and Harry’s role is to identify student needs and create engaging lessons. The company also has 15 other staff members who design courses.
Learn Infinity also provides special package courses called for schools and companies that cater to the needs of students and company employees.
The idea behind these special courses came when the company was tapped by WASH Alliance, a European organization working in the field of water, sanitation and hygiene, to develop an online course, which is now being used in countries like Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Uganda.
With their success with WASH, the company introduced similar training packages targeting Nepali companies and schools. It started with a program designed to offer emotional guidance and mentorship to school children.
“I was shocked to see how badly today’s teenagers need guidance just to get them through their daily lives,” says Aditi. “There are 13 year olds who are dealing with self harm issues and living with emotional traumas.”
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. It has also worked with various corporate houses and companies in Kathmandu valley.
“Learning and development were not the priority of Nepali companies in the past. But that is slowly changing, ”Harry says.
“Online training courses benefit trainees as well as the companies they work for. They are cost- and time-effective, and they are easily accessible. ”
Within a short span of time, Learn Infinity has offered its services to more than 2,000 people and collaborated with dozens of schools and companies. When the company was just six months old, it won the ‘Best International Startup in South Asia’ in a contest organized by Lemon Ideas of India. It was also awarded for innovation by the Nepal Chamber of Commerce. Similarly, Aditi was honored with ‘Summit Woman of the Year 2021’ under entrepreneurship category by Open Space Network.
Learn Infinity co-founders hope to work and collaborate with more companies and schools across the country in future.
“Our ultimate goal is to expand the e-learning market in Nepal and beyond,” says Harry.