Lido Learning, an Indian EdTech start-up, is aiming to hire over 500 senior citizens as teachers in the next few months. The selected teachers would undergo a free 5-day training to deepen their knowledge and have them ready to teach online.
The expertise of senior citizens in Science, Maths and English will be used to expand its small group face-to-face online tutoring classes. The online learning platform focuses on Maths, Science, and English for Grades 4-9. Given the rush for online, it is now increasing its 500+ tutor pool in an industry-first move of hiring senior citizens and retired professionals as teachers.
“I have 17 years of rich experience in teaching Math in schools. I decided to spend my retired life using my teaching skills with the combination of technology, so I joined Lido in September 2019. I am enjoying the work here as teaching is my passion. I am grateful that I can work from home and, at the same time, stay connected with my profession,” says Lakshmi Venkatesh, a senior Math & Science Lido Tutor, Grade 6, who has retired from active teaching in schools.
The founder and CEO, Sahil Sheth, believes that retirees with 20+ years of experience will add a lot of diversity to Lido’s teaching base. “Having interacted with thousands of students, including their kids and grandkids, senior teachers are full of wisdom and patience – traits that will lead to better learning outcomes for the children in Lido’s online tutoring groups,” says Sheth. He further adds that “anybody who has ever made a Skype call, which includes almost every senior citizen during the present lockdown, can teach online comfortably after a short 5-day training from the comfort of their home. Our senior teachers can also choose their slots and take up to 50 one-hour classes in a month to earn a handsome sum from the comfort of their homes.”