Karishma Menon (Curriculum and Product)
Albert Einstein said, “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
“ I was that fish in school, I felt judged based on my inability to cope academically and in a classroom of friends I was lost and alone. To this day, I’m scarred with feelings of inadequacy.This is what my inequitable classroom left me with, and I co-founded Rangeet to fill children with hope, children like 13-year-old me. I often question my purpose on this planet? How can I make an impact? I just may have found it through the work we do at Rangeet. I see the world in pictures, colours, designs. How many other children out there are like me? How can I make them feel like they matter enough and belong in a classroom? How can I make them feel like their intelligence is just as beautiful as their classmates who excel at math? And finally, how do I enable teachers to rediscover the reason they became teachers in the first place: to know that one child breathed easier or felt like they belonged because of them.” Supported by experts within and outside India, the app has so far been adopted by 1800 facilitators and 30K learners, accounting for over 500K learning hours across the globe. With an aim to bolster their global outreach in multiple languages than the current ones that is in English, Hindi, Bengali and partially into Spanish, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, the team is looking to raise funds. Geared to create an impact at social, economic, and environmental levels, the app has been highly rated and incorporated in the November 2022 Brookings report as an effective tool that meets the requirements of education today, which include real-time data collection, data visualisation and analysis, learning content delivery, and features such as a multi-OS platform, non-reliance on internet and electricity, as well as usability across geographies and contexts.
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