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Karan Bajaj, founder of coding platform White Hat Jr. (file photo).
Eight-year-old Brinda Jain has created an app that helps guide the ambulance on the busy streets of metro cities. 10-year-old Proud Sood has created an eye-checking app vision. There is a technology related to parking or an app related to our health. Children of 6 to 18 years of online coding class White Hat Junior are doing fantastic work.
Recently 26 children from USA and India participated in the White Hat Junior Silicon Valley Challenge. Byzu acquired White Hat Junior in August. Shadab Samee of Dainik NewsBust India spoke to Karan Bajaj, the founder and CEO of the company.
Question: How did the idea come to teach children coding?
I have two daughters I wanted my daughters to make something new. Those who are creative have an engaging life. When I started writing novels, life changed. Thought I’d make something. That’s why I started this. Today, coding is the way to create such new things. As the trend of Maths started at the time of Industrial Revolution, it became a language. In the same way today, the language of making something is coding. I want to prepare children for this.
Question: How many children and teachers have joined you?
We have 11 thousand teachers. So far, 50 lakh students have been registered in about 18 months. One and a half million children are paid students. They are also from countries like India, USA, UK, New Zealand, Australia. There are 40 thousand classes everyday.
Question: Only women teach in White Hat Junior?
Yes, all our teachers are women. These women were not part of the workforce before joining us. These are the ones who are very educated, talented but were not doing any job anywhere. She was not able to go out of the house for a job for some reason. We only gave such women a chance.
Question: Why only female teachers?
My father was an army officer. Mother was very educated, topper of Delhi University. But due to repeated transfers of father, the mother could never make a career. In such a situation, I felt that there would be millions of women in the country who, despite being talented, would not be able to make a career. In such a situation, I decided that only such women would be hired for teaching. It is the responsibility of an entrepreneur like me to give them a chance.
Question: Why do so young children learn coding?
An important international research is that a child’s peak creativity occurs at the age of 5-6 years. He feels that everything is possible at this time. After this, his creativity keeps decreasing by half every ten years. In such a situation, if children learn creativity from coding, then it is possible that their creativity remains.
Question: Many people say that it is a burden on children?
Whenever something new comes in the world, it is opposed. It is possible that when Maths has come, it has also been opposed. But we should ask children who are experiencing coding. Imagine how happy he would be when he builds a rocket himself.
The child is not doing it under pressure, he is learning. Anyway, children take only two classes a week, so there is no burden. Within 18-20 months, we have become the second largest edutech company in the country after Biju. This was not possible if the children did not like it.
Question: How is it beneficial for children in the future?
The big advantage with learning new and creative is that the child understands the technique. We use apps made by others etc., the feeling of the children who are learning now, that I will make things for myself in future.