Ayman Sadiq & his 10 Minute School
Ayman Sadiq, the CEO and Founder of 10 Minute School, Bangladesh's leading online educational platform. At the same time, Ayman is an educator, trainer and young entrepreneur. He has produced over 2,000 video lessons in 10 Minute School and teaching a wide spectrum of academic subjects, mainly focusing on English, mathematics, science and skill development.
How did you start you journey of 10 Minute School?Just after I started teaching in batches, I realized the intriguing facts of teaching. It's possible to teach someone a skill you know, and at the same time, motivate them in a way that they use these skills in real life, made me interested. Back then, I used to help my students online in addition to the batches, and soon I realized the need of a more convenient approach of delivering educational contents with ease and efficiency.
Bringing together the spirit of Khan Academy and a few YouTube tutorial channels, I planned to create a platform where people could get much needed support for the local courses in our country. When I started sharing this idea with people, many of them encouraged me to go forward with it. I was a 2nd-year student then, with a bag full of dreams, failures, successes and an uninhibited drive to give it a go.
Why have you started this school while there are number of online resources and websites to learn?
There are many online resources and websites but what I wanted was to create a platform that would comprehensively cater to Bangladeshi students so that this website would not only support them in our national exams and courses, but would assist them for all local and international tests as well.
What are the challenges you have faced in the way of 10 Minute School?
Back when we started out with 10 Minute School, we did not initially have a website. We had approached a number of web development firms, but some could not materialize the idea we had in mind while one of them even left the project midway. When our talented CTO Abyad Raied decided to take matter into his own hands, he learnt web development within a few months and our website had its preliminary version ready.
One of our major challenges back then was to find a suitable sponsor to fund the operational activities of 10MS. Our collaboration with Robi Axiata Ltd gave us this stable funding programme that we desperately needed to keep 10 Minute School going.
A third challenge on which we are continuously working every day is to make sure that we make our contents accessible to a large number of people in Bangladesh and overseas as possible. Even in this case, we have been very lucky thanks to the ICT Ministry with whose support we have been broadcasting our classes to 2,001 training labs across the country. We are reaching out to 64 districts and activating these training labs by organising a proper workshop to train the teachers. We are also planning to take these online classes to 30,000+ multimedia classrooms in collaboration with a2i and UNDP, and also working every day to make these numbers even larger.
Is there any plan of 10 Minute School for those who have internet but unaware of 10MS?
10 Minute School is constantly trying to reach out to more people in order to spread the message behind it. Education can be fun, easy and accessible, no matter where you are- and this is the message we want everyone to give. In addition to the existing pool of newspapers through which we get our idea across, we are planning to roll out articles every month on new products that we launch. We also try to take a little bit of what we call the '10MS spirit' wherever we go.
The sense of '10 Minute' with which the school has started could not keep up the theme as most of the videos are more than 10 minutes. What do you do about it?
The primary idea behind 10 Minute School was to teach all concepts, no matter how easy or hard, in a very simple manner. Humans can at times give goldfishes a run for their money when it comes to our attention spans, and that is one reason why we keep most of our videos short but detailed. If you look into our website and our YouTube channel, you will see that most of our videos still adhere to this, being no more than 5-6 minutes long in general. However, it is undeniable that some topics and subjects require a more comprehensive approach than this, and most of these topics are usually broken down into multiple smaller tutorials or are dealt with at length in our live classes.
What is your future plan with the School?
The future when it comes to education is endless and digital. We plan on digitizing education to such an extent that anyone can not only attend any class they want from the comforts of their home, but they can also say goodbye to last moment cramming from uncountable lecture sheets. Every topic that a syllabus covers will be extensively laid out on our 'Smartbooks'. Through the Smart Book, the student will be able to understand, analyse and interpret poems, literary texts, essays and much more.
In case of math, physics or chemistry, not only students will be helped with derivations of formulas, equations and taught chapters the way a teacher would at school, the Smart Book would also show various practical experiments on its video platform, and thus assist the student to understand complicated topics even better.
Do you have any message to our youth and prospective entrepreneurs?
I feel like as a generation, we are exceptional and resilient. But as we grow up, we tend to lose this drive and passion and succumb to countless societal pressures and skepticisms. I often tell everyone, what you love to do and what you are good at often comes to you surrounded by what I call 'noise'. This noise is made up of doubts, fears and a whole lot of people telling you 'It's never going to happen'. My advice to the youth and aspiring entrepreneurs would be to learn how focus on what you are good at, and IGNORE this noise.
When it feels like you are doing what you were meant to do, focus on that. Focus on that every day. Because everything else is just noise. And always remember to BE HAPPY & SPREAD HAPPINESS.