Organization Name: Bridge

Focus Area: Littlest Learners / Growing Learners
Region: Global / Africa
Sector: For Profit
Investment Year: 2009
Bridge runs or supports nursery and primary schools in Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, India, and Liberia where communities live on $2 a day per capita. Bridge believes every child has the right to high-quality education and works in partnership with governments, communities, parents, and teachers to ensure access to quality education. Bridge uses in-depth teacher training and support, advanced lesson plans and wireless technology to provide pupils with a meaningful and life-changing education. It runs or supports over 1,500 schools and has educated 750,000 children over the last decade.

Why We Invested

With 263 million children and young people not in school, and 330 million in school but not learning, we have a global learning crisis. We believe, as does Bridge, that a broad coalition between the public and private sector is needed to address this problem. Through their holistic, evidence-based and data-driven model that adapts to local needs of families and governments, Bridge has innovated on everything from teacher training and support to lesson plans to school construction and administration to make learning more effective and as affordable as possible while demonstrating a case for how public private partnership can advance children's learning outcomes.

Bridge is a moonshot that aims to change the future for millions of children in impoverished communities. Supporting public education system transformation at both speed and scale using technology, data and evidence will help create the world we all aspire to live in. Schools should be places where it does not matter what your background is; they should give every child the opportunity to fulfill their potential and build a hopeful future both for themselves and their community.
Jay Kimmelman, CEO and Co-Founder, Bridge