- UAE-based School of Humanity, an online high school, has raised an undisclosed Seed funding round led by Singapore-based educational services provider, Education in Motion.
- Founded in 2021 by Raya Bidshahri, School of Humanity connects high school students from all over the world to international learning opportunities. The online four-year high school, along with its summer school and after school offerings, implements a personalised, challenge-based learning approach, enabling students to develop skills to help solve real-world challenges.
UAE's School of Humanity, an online High School, has closed a SEED round by Education in Motion (EiM), an education provider based in Singapore. In addition to growth capital, the EiM investment includes strategic human capital resources that will enable the School of Humanity to broaden and deepen its core capabilities.
Founded by education entrepreneur Raya Bidshahri, School of Humanity offers high school learners from around the world the ability to develop the skills, mindsets, and behaviors they need to be ready for the future of work, and contribute to collective human progress and flourish in individual life. The online four-year High School, along with its Summer School and After School offerings, center on interdisciplinary learning pathways focused on global learners solving real-world problems in a collaborative, project-based, and personalized way. The model is based on research from the World Economic Forum and OECD and integrates proven pedagogies including challenge-based and mastery-based learning.
The COVID-19 pandemic has propelled the global introduction and adoption of progressive education models at every level of online, hybrid, and offline schooling. For many, the pandemic exposed severe fault lines in more traditional education systems, including an inability to transition effectively to a digital-first world, and a lack of relevance due to changing work demands and learning preferences among today’s youth.
EiM co-Founder and Chief Collaboration Officer, Karen Yung, commented: “Our investment in a strategic partnership with School of Humanity is a critical step in our quest to build a portfolio of innovative education brands empowering the next generation of young people with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to make a difference for society and the planet, given the ever-accelerating rate of change. School of Humanity’s innovative pedagogy and online-first engagement models are completely aligned with that task and our vision for the future of education.”
School of Humanity has drawn significant interest from governments, foundations, and corporations looking to provide young people with a supplemental or alternative path to traditional education. Founder and CEO Raya Bidshahri noted, “The EiM strategic partnership and investment are a further endorsement of our mission and our innovative methods, and will enable us to quickly translate our early momentum into significant near-term scale. Our two organizations are completely aligned regarding what the world and our young people need from education today, and that is to become future-ready.”