Increasing Early Childhood Education Opportunities with Dost Education

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Problem Statement: All parents are motivated to give their children the best education, but many resource-constrained families struggle to do so, particularly in the early years. Experts agree on a cost-effective yet overlooked approach to address this cycle of illiteracy: empower parents to promote early childhood development at home.  

In India, there are still over 160 million illiterate women, over 11 million of whom are between the ages of 15 and 24 years old. These women become mothers who are motivated to give their children better opportunities in education but lack the resources to do so. 

DOST’s Solution: Dost Education‘s vision is to turn every home into a learning center by giving parents of any literacy level the tools to support their child’s early development and lifelong learning. They use mobile technology, research-backed curriculum, machine learning, and behavioral science to solve everyday parenting problems and nudge parents to nurture cognitive and socio-emotional development in their kids. 

Dost’s local-language platform delivers a consistent, personalized and need-based learning experience for each parent with one-minute podcasts that teach parents how to engage students in learning at home deployed via phone calls (“Phonecasts”). Through their free audio programs, Dost has helped over 58,000 parents turn their homes into early learning environments and get their kids school-ready.

Team4Tech Dost Impact Goals: 

In response to COVID-19, Team4Tech supported Dost in entirely shifting their outreach and onboard model for families to virtual. In partnership with Team4Tech, Dost designed a process to create engaging, relevant, and targeted phonecast content to support their parents and create a greater sense of community. With Team4Tech’s support Dost reached over 30K families and approximately 60K pre-primary learners in 2020. Through this partnership and with the continued help of Team4Tech, Dost anticipates supporting over 100,000 families in 4 states in the next 12 months.

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