We often remind ourselves that there aren't enough players within the technology space to pioneer the revolutionary change Nigerians crave. Yet again, we contradict this by our apparent bemusement with the rate at which startups are beginning to spring up in every direction.
But how can we justify the latter when there are still sectors with more room for innovative ideas, like the educational sector for instance?
Without a doubt, considering the pervasive nature of its problems, one sector that can be truly overlooked is perhaps the educational sector.
Which is why the spotlight falls on 2 early-stage startups -- EduRecords and HomeClass -- providing solutions to educational problems in Nigeria in their own unique way.
Like the name connotes, EduRecords is a solution designed to track every student and teacher's performance as well as the school facilities.
Built with an algorithm that uniquely identifies each student and creates personal learning guides, EduRecords tracks registration and attendance. The platform also generates personalised study guides to tackle a child's academic weakness, as well as automate the teaching processes.
Having formally launched two days ago, the founders believe that when fully deployed, EduRecords will increase literacy level by 30-40% within its first 3 years, generate about 10,000 direct jobs in Nigeria alone and affect more than 10 million students lives.
This might seem like a huge task, given they're new to the market. However, one can't undermine their objectives.
"We are aware that education products providers are many in Nigeria. However, with the population of over 200 million where 59% are within the age our solution covers, we are sure of our market size," says Olatunde Ogunlade, Managing Director of EduRecords.
Interestingly enough, within just one term of pre-launch activities in Lagos, the founders claim to have signed up about 20 schools, spanning 8,000 students.
With the impression that collective learning is fast loosing its efficacy, Uche Ajaero, Chinedu Okum, and Amadi U. Kingsley believe that man has evolved to experience life in personalised way. As a result, they established HomeClass to focus on personalised learning.
Launched on the 1st of May, 2016, HomeClass is an Abuja and Port Harcourt based startup with a preference for home-schooling as opposed to collective learning.
According to Amadi U. Kingsley, "with an educational system that favours collective learning, learners usually tend to be distracted or easily influenced by peers. This has majorly accounted for poor performance amongst learners, hence a need for home class coach."
HomeClass' business model appears similar to that of PrepClass, which also pair learners with trained and experienced tutors.
However, it would be too early to put them in the same boat just yet. It remains to be seen if HomeClass has a chance to slug it out with the already established players.
So do any of these startups justify their place in what appears to be an already saturated space?