Bridge International’s “School-in-a-Box” Approach to African Education – NPQ – Nonprofit Quarterly

Bridge International’s “School-in-a-Box” Approach to African Education – NPQ – Nonprofit Quarterly.

Terrance Ross, reporting in October in the Atlantic on what Kimmelman and May had achieved with Bridge International, contrasted the Bridge Academies with the offerings from Kenya’s public schools. Ross states that, according to a report by the World Bank, only “35 percent of Kenya’s public school teachers showed ‘mastery of the curriculum they teach.’ […] Previous attempts to solve this problem have been expensive, and ineffective,” despite the fact that “the government spends more than any of its neighbors. There’s a disconnect between Kenya’s spending on education and learning outcomes. […] This is where Bridge has found its niche: somewhere between the exorbitantly expensive private schools and the absentee-ridden public ones.”

According to Ross, it’s been working to some degree: “Bridge’s students score an average of 35 percent higher on core reading skills and 19 percent higher in math than their peers in neighboring schools.” However, he also points out the dangers of Bridge’s style of cookie-cutter schooling:

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