New Delhi | 3rd July 2020: Classplus, a mobile OS that enables coaching institutes to take their brick and mortar setups online, has partnered with poverty alleviation NGO, Magic Bus in a bid to provide online education to underprivileged young people enrolled on the Magic Bus Livelihood programme. Classplus has equipped Magic Bus with its platform, enabling its youth to engage in an online learning experience during the lockdown. Magic Bus’ life and employability skills’ trainers are now leveraging the platform to share assignments, broadcast messages, deliver learning content and evaluate students’ performances online. The app is set to benefit more than 2000 youngsters across 22 states in locations as remote as Kurnool in Hyderabad, Ambadi and Shahpur in Mumbai & Thane.

Magic Bus is one of the largest poverty alleviation programmes in India, impacting 3,75,000 children and young people in 22 states and 80 districts. It equips children and young people in the age group of 12 to 18 with the skills and knowledge they need to grow up and move out of poverty, build their employability skills and join the organised sector. With the help of Classplus, Magic Bus has been able to train youth from marginalised backgrounds, during this time of crisis. The first batch of students will graduate soon and the placement process will begin post that. 

Commenting on the association, Mukul Rustagi, Co-Founder and CEO, Classplus, said, “Classplus is providing its technology stack to the trainers at Magic Bus allowing them to upskill their students online across the length and breadth of the country. This is our small contribution towards meeting students and teachers’ needs in these difficult times. Magic Bus has been doing inspiring work in the field of education and their journey of serving the critical sections of society is very close to our heart. If we can help them grow in today’s internet age, it will be a great purpose to our existence in the ecosystem! Our journey to helping those in need doesn’t end here, we are looking for further opportunities through which we can contribute to the society”.

On the association, Jayant Rastogi, Global CEO, Magic Bus, commented, “When Magic Bus decided to quickly move to a digital platform to skill our young people during the lockdown, Classplus became one of our online learning solutions. We thank Classplus for helping us reach out to our youth. The product is user friendly, easy to use and feature rich. It has allowed us to manage our online classes in the most efficient and transparent manner.

In India, 70M+ students take tutoring every year with offline coaching institutes capturing a bulk of that market. Classplus aims to streamline this massive and fragmented market by helping tutors run all their communication, payments, assessments and online learning programmes on a full-stack mobile solution that doubles up as their online content repository. Classplus is the market leader in the segment with more than 3500 coaching centres and 1M+ students on-board. It recently raised $9M in its Series A round from RTP Global, Sequoia Capital India’s Surge and Blume Ventures.

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