Bridge began in order to help solve a single, seemingly intractable problem; one-in-two children are not learning. We help children in parts of the world where there is a shortage of learning, by boosting government schools or running complementary community schools. Since 2007, we have reached one million children through hundreds of schools across Africa and India.
We believe every child has the right to high-quality education. We work in partnership with governments, communities, teachers, and parents to support and deliver quality education to for primary and pre-primary children in developing countries.
We are data-driven and evidence-based and our model adapts to the needs of individual governments. We have re-engineered every part of the education system, from teacher training and support, to lesson delivery, construction, and financial administration; making government schools and community schools as effective as possible.
In Nigeria we are supporting the government to improve every public primary school and teacher in Edo State; In Borno State we are part of a tripartite partnership with the Borno State government and the Nigerian Stock Exchange and in Osun and Lagos States we run community schools. In Liberia, we are part of a public private partnership; and, in Andhra Pradesh—south-east India—we have an infrastructure partnership. In East Africa, we run hundreds of community schools. Our model holds us accountable to governments and families and we are flexible about our approach so long as we can serve more marginalised communities and improve learning outcomes for children.
There are around 600 million children in school who are not learning the basics, and a further 260 million not in school at all. We do not believe that we are the solution to this but we do believe that we are a part of it. Effectively tackling the learning crisis will take the commitment of a broad coalition including governments, NGOs, faith groups, and the private sector. Related to this commitment, we’re proud to have been a UN Global Compact participant since 2017.
Our model focuses on:
Our model means we can—and have—invested large sums of money in research, development and technology. We’ve made learning a science and we’re committed to continuing this rigorous development process so we can grow and expand to meet the needs of our families
June 19, 2021 10:01 pm local time