At Bridge International Academies, our mission is to provide every child with the chance to have a high-quality primary education regardless of their family’s income – in a nutshell, “Knowledge for all.”
Currently, there are approximately 2.7 Billion people living on less than $2 a day. In their communities, there is a huge gap between the education offered and the needs of the population. Too often the schools available to them fail. Teachers are absent from class as much as 47% of the time, teaching only 2 hours and 19 minutes a day. 65% of teachers can’t pass exams based on the curriculum they teach. Not surprisingly, many of the children who manage to complete primary school can’t even read at the second grade level. To make matters worse, these schools can be expensive. Even “free” government schools can cost anywhere between $2 and $12 per month after all of the additional fees (some sanctioned, some not) are added up. 51% of families end up choosing private schools instead, but then fear for the stability and sustainability of their choice as many schools close after only a few years of service due to poor management. 75% of families are actively searching for a better academic alternative.*
By developing a scalable solution, Bridge International Academies is able to break this cycle. Our academies leverage world-class pedagogy and school management and are able to sustain themselves on fees that are lower than 70% of the other low-cost private schools in our communities. At an average cost of just $6 a month, 90% of families in our communities can afford to send all of their children – both boys and girls – to our academies, plus we have a sponsorship programme to provide additional support to high achievers.
Ten years from now we plan to be the global leader in providing education to families who live on $2 a day per person or less. We will be operating in at least a dozen countries, and have 10,000,000 pupils coming to class every day. Our first cohorts of graduates will be on a very different personal development path, which will eventually change the future of their communities as well. We will have graduates in universities, starting their own companies, and being leaders in their communities.
* All statistics from Kenya, 2013