When technology and education mix
KINGSTON – A husband and wife in Jamaica are teaming up to make it easier for students in the Caribbean to prepare for exams.
Nichole Crawford Thompson and Ricardo Thompson have co-founded Niritech, a startup that offers online study resources and exam preparation for Caribbean high school students.
In addition, the technology company also offers a variety of services geared towards education and technology integration.
One of the driving forces behind Niritech’s establishment was Nichole’s strong belief that “education is the key to success.”
However, she realized that access to quality education was a major challenge for many people in Jamaica and the developing world.
Citing the need for a more flexible, convenient and cost-effective option for learning, Nichole left her job as a secondary school teacher and embarked on a journey to change the way people are educated in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.
Under the Niritech brand, she developed and launched the ‘Learn on the Go Caribbean’ initiative in 2014.
‘Learn on the Go’ is an online platform that connects learners to experienced instructors and allows them to participate in live online classes for CXC exam preparation. Not only is Niritech providing access to education, it is also creating employment opportunities for teachers and young professionals.
Nichole’s efforts have resulted in participation at the Slush Global Impact Accelerator in 2015, and in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in 2016.
Her latest projects will focus on improving school administration and teacher performance in the classroom. A self-dubbed “change agent”, Nichole and Niritech show no signs of slowing down in their efforts to bring about education reform in the Caribbean and around the world.