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Bridge partners with governments, communities, teachers and families to deliver great schools and high quality affordable education to underserved families and children.
We believe every child has the right to a high-quality education and currently serve more than 100,000 pupils in more than 520 nursery and primary schools across Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Liberia and India.
At Bridge, we believe innovation and technology can transform learning. We develop world class lessons based on national curriculums, in-depth teacher training and support programmes and utilize cutting edge wireless technology. Our schools deliver increased learning gains for our pupils by being data driven and evidenced based. Our recent results showed that children get the equivalent of 64 more days of learning in a Bridge school, when it comes to reading and 26 days of learning in Maths . We are committed to providing pupils with a meaningful and life-changing education that can enable them to fulfil their potential.
We believe that all children should be able to go to great public schools but that sadly that’s not the case at the moment, so we help to Bridge the gap. The schools we run are always accountable to government and we have several different models. In some countries, we run very low cost schools, in others such as Liberia we run partnership schools with government. High-performing low cost schools demonstrate that public schools can also be high-performing. Bridge is proving that great education can be delivered sustainably, at scale and within the limited budgets of national economies.
Our families chose Bridge because they have seen our results and the difference our schools make to their children and their future.
Today, more than 2 billion people live on less than $2 a day. There are 263 million children and young people not in school and most are girls. Globally, the number of primary school aged children not in school is increasing.
In many parts of the developing world, families do not have any choice when it comes to educating their children. The schools on offer to them suffer from uneven quality, corruption, chronic underfunding and rampant teacher absenteeism – or they are expensive private schools.
What we do disrupts the status quo, and we know that can be upsetting to those who want things to stay the same. However, today’s status quo is simply unacceptable as long as millions of children around the world are without high-quality education.
Bridge offers families, regardless of their income, a choice.
Bridge’s commitment to excellence provides better results
Children cannot begin to learn if there is no teacher in the classroom. A recent World Bank report indicated the average teacher absentee rate in Ugandan schools is 56 percent, and it is 47 percent in Kenya. Bridge schools have achieved an average teacher attendance at close to 100 percent.
Children cannot begin to learn if their teachers are unsupported and do not understand the lessons. Worryingly, 67 percent of Kenyan government-school teachers cannot pass exams based on the curriculum they teach. As a result, many of the children who complete primary school can’t read properly. Continuous In depth teacher training and constant support means Bridge teachers understand the lessons they are teaching.
By thinking innovatively, Bridge is able to break the cycle.
Independent research shows Bridge pupils have fluency and comprehension scores 37 percent higher, and maths scores 24 percent higher than their peers in neighboring government schools. In the 2016 kenyan National Exam, Bridge pupils got an average of 59% compared to the national average of 44%