What we do

Bridge partners with governments, communities, teachers and parents to deliver evidence based quality education for primary and pre-primary school 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 curricula, in-depth teacher training and support programmes and utilise 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 additional 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 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 affordable private schools where parents pay, in others (such as Liberia) we run partnership schools with the government. High-performing affordable 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 developing communities and governments.

Our families choose us because they have seen our results and the difference Bridge schools make to their children, communities and the future of both.

Why Bridge?

Today, more than two billion people live on less than $2/day. There are 263 million children and young people not in school, with most of these being girls. Globally, the number of primary schools aged children not in school is actually 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 Bridge does disrupts the status quo; we know that this can upset 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, affordable education.

Bridge offers families 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 absenteeism in Ugandan schools is 57%, and it is 48% in Kenya. Bridge schools have achieved an average teacher attendance at close to 100%.

Transparency International Teacher Absenteeism Survey, 2004-2011 (Data for Bridge is for 2017)

Children also cannot begin to learn if their teachers aren’t supported and do not understand the lessons. Worryingly, 67% 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 mean Bridge teachers understand the lessons that they are teaching.

By thinking innovatively, Bridge is able to break the cycle of poverty caused by an inadequate education.

Independent research shows Bridge pupils have fluency and comprehension scores 37% higher, and maths scores 24% higher than their peers in neighbouring government schools. In the 2016 Kenyan National Exam, KCPE, Bridge pupils scored over 10% more than the national average.

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