Bridge International Academies is the world’s largest education innovation company serving the 700 million families who live on less than $2 USD per day. They strive to provide the highest quality education product to the more than 100,000 students who attend Bridge’s more than nursery and primary schools across emerging markets in Africa and (soon to open) in Asia.
They are data-driven and technology-enabled. Using smartphones and tablets, their “closed loop” Learning Lab enables us to monitor teacher and student performance in real time, constantly reviewing and revising to ensure that they are offering a world class education that will prepare their students for the 21st century. Outside of the classroom, they work with governments and civil society organizations to create customized teacher training modules, English Language Learning curricula, and “pop up” schools for refugees and other vulnerable populations.
Their vertically integrated Academy-in-a-Box approach has reengineered the entire lifecycle of basic education, leveraging data, technology, and scale in order to keep quality up and prices as low as $5 a month (on average). Their mission is knowledge for all. Currently, they have 405 academies in Kenya and 7 academies in Uganda, with more than 120,000 pupils enrolled and they are growing at a rate of one new academy every three days. They are launching in Nigeria this year and India next year. Ten years from now they plan to be operating in at least a dozen countries and to count 10,000,000 children as their pupils.