Insecure Areas

The provision of quality education is the foundation stone of peace and prosperity; enabling better employment opportunities and financial circumstances. Violent conflicts are more likely to occur in nations or regions that don’t enable access to quality education. When educational inequality doubles the chances of conflict more than doubles. Education drives economic growth and enables people to break the cycle of poverty; diminishing the appeal of radical ideologies and extremist groups.

Today, the number of people displaced by conflicts is at an all-time high. Children affected by conflict or crisis can lose their homes, families, schools, and so much more. In addition to the trauma of fleeing their homes, displaced children who do manage to attend a school are often exposed to crowded classrooms, teacher absenteeism and poor quality learning materials.

Without an education, they can also lose the chance of a secure future.

  • One-quarter of the world’s out-of-school children live in crisis-affected countries;
  • In 35 crisis-affected countries, 75 million children between the ages of 3 to 18-years-old are experiencing a disrupted education; and,
  • Over 17 million school-aged children in those countries are refugees, with only half attending primary school.

In the short term, shelter and food are prioritised in conflict zones but education is also essential if the cycle of violence and poverty is to be tackled effectively. Despite this knowledge, it remains a significant challenge to improve access to quality education for those living in these areas and for those that have fled.

Click below to read how Bridge is supporting education for those living in areas of—or affected by—conflict in Bidibidi, Uganda; Borno State, Nigeria; Garissa County, Kenya; Maryland & Grand Cru Counties, Liberia; and, Syrian refugees living in Lebanon

Bidibidi, Uganda

Bidibidi refugee settlement in north-west Uganda houses over quarter-of-a-million South Sudanese. From 2017-18 it was the world’s largest refugee settlement, being surpassed by Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh. Bridge schools in the area educate refugees alongside Ugandan children helping them to integrate.


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Borno State, Nigeria

In tripartite partnership with the Borno State Government and the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Bridge Nigeria manages a school in Borno State, north-east Nigeria; a region of frequent conflict with Boko Haram—who gained international notoriety in 2014 following the kidnapping of more than 270 school girls from Chibok.


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Garissa County, Kenya

Garissa County in north-east Kenya is the site of regular conflict with Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen (‘al-Shabaab’) who operate within Garissa and across the border from neighbouring Somalia. Bridge schools continue to provide children with a place to learn even when other schools are closing locally.


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Maryland & Grand Kru Counties, Liberia

Maryland & Grand Cru Counties in south-east Liberia host many refugee camps. Bridge manages a large of number of schools which educate Liberians and refugees alike, both inside and outside of the camps. The Little Wlebo public school in Maryland is based in a UNHCR camp—where education is an essential feature of refugee integration—under the auspices of the Liberian Education Advancement Program (LEAP).


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Syria

Bridge worked with partners McKinsey&Co., Basmeh & Zeitooneh and the Vitol Foundation to run a pilot education programme aimed at educating Syrian children who are refugees in neighbouring Lebanon.


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