Bridge International Academies

www.bridgeinternationalacademies.com

Social Entrepreneur

Jay Kimmelman and Shannon May.

Founded

2008.

MISSION

To provide every child with the chance to have a high-quality primary education, regardless of their family's income.

Where they work

Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Liberia and India.

BUSINESS MODEL

Its Learning Lab model leverages research, technology, and data analysis to drive continuous improvement across all aspects of operations, ensuring their pupils receive the world-class education needed to progress and thrive.  

Delivered to date

414 academies in Kenya, 7 in academies Uganda and two academies in Nigeria. Over 100,000 pupils are enrolled and 4,055 academy staff.

Impact

Improved performance across core reading competencies of fluency and comprehension, as well as conceptual understanding and procedural fluency in math.

BIG PLANS

Serve 10 million children by the end of 2025.

Our investment so far

US$700,000 equity investment and US$500,000 unrestricted grant.

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Bridge International supports its network of teachers by utilizing a direct instruction teaching method in the classroom.
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Sam and Nina with Jay (center) at a Bridge school in a slum outside Nairobi, Kenya.
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Rowan Simpson, Nina Gené and Jay Kimmelman at a Bridge school