Early learning innovator Square Panda to invest USD 50 mn in India

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Square Panda India is an innovator in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) and educator empowerment programs in India. It offers a powerful edtech platform to ensure foundational literacy and numeracy across India. In keeping with the ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’, Square Panda India is committed to impacting millions of children and educators across every strata in India, and has already made its impact felt in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, and Uttar Pradesh by rolling out its early learning initiative, ‘Aarambh’, which aims to develop the ECCE ecosystem in every state.

To this end, Square Panda is looking to invest USD 50 million in India over three years, to build its curriculum and content capacities. The investment will go towards strengthening capabilities in contextualising and localising to meet the diverse demands of Indian children and teachers spread across the nation. A key component of this investment is to customise programs into other languages for greater localisation and contextualisation.

Andre Agassi, Chairman and Founder, The Andre Agassi Foundation for Education, Chairman of Board, Square Panda says, “I am thrilled that Early Childhood Care and Education is at the centre-stage of India’s New Education Policy. Square Panda has a massive role to play in a developing country like India, a country that is mindful about the cost-benefit analysis of providing foundational literacy and numeracy to every child, across India’s grassroots. The challenge is a welcome one and the numbers are vast, which is exciting for an EdTech company like ours, that delivers learning solutions backed by neuroscience research.”

Speaking ahead of this development, Ashish Jhalani, Global CMO and MD, Square Panda India, offered his perspective. “Our aspiration is to build the first dual-language system tailored to India’s unique requirements. The NEP reminds us that we cannot forget vernacular languages. As an edtech company, we can confidently say that in order to ensure grassroots development, we need to embrace greater contextualisation, localisation, and building conversational skills that suit our existing education ecosystem alongside embracing innovative technologies, such as AI and AR.”

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