n Indian EdTech start-up, Lido, is hiring senior citizens to teach Science, Maths and English for its online tutoring classes.
Lido Learning aims to hire over 500 senior citizens as teachers in the next few months.
Some teachers have already joined and many today are looking ahead for means that can give both safety of home and yet continue with their professional work.
“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. 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.
Presently, the startup is witnessing a great response from students and parents.
In the current social distancing scenario, when many senior citizens feel cut out and lost, gainful employment from home in the form of online classes will keep them mentally occupied and help them earn money to supplement their retirement funds. Lido is also offering 5-day training on online teaching to all senior citizens who have the potential to become passionate teachers.
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.”
The selected teachers would undergo a free 5-day training to deepen their knowledge and have them ready to teach online.