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Bridge Academies widens Nigeria activity

Bridge International Academies will extend its collaboration with Nigerian regional governments with a further public-private partnership deal with Edo state in southern Nigeria.

State governor Obaseki, here addressing teachers in Benin City, hoped technology could improve state education. Photo: Bridge

Bridge has been providing teacher training in Asia and Africa since 2009

The deal, which is Bridge’s fourth such arrangement in the country, will support the local authorities in teaching training and tech advancements which aim to “make classrooms more effective learning environments”.

“Bridge can support government teachers to deliver at their very best”

Bridge will be a “technical partner” to Edo state, as it launches the Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation, or EdoBEST. The program aims to affect more than 300,000 students in at least 1,500 school over the next four years.

So far, 612 schools and 150,000 students have been reached by the project, which began in April 2018. It is hoped Bridge can accelerate this spread.

Governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki, said he hoped the partnership would support teachers to succeed in “empowering children” in the world of work, by “leveraging technology” in the classroom.

According to Bridge’s vice president of policy and partnerships in Africa, Adesuwa Ifedi, the goal is to show how the company can assist government education systems across Africa,  with a scaleable approach.

“This partnership shows how Bridge can support government teachers to deliver at their very best.

“We hope that EdoBEST will demonstrate to education leaders in Africa that technology can be scaled affordably to achieve significant impact in all schools for all children,” he said in a statement.

Bridge has been providing teacher training in Asia and Africa since 2009, with projects already operational in Lagos, Osun and Borno regions of Nigeria, as well as Liberia, Uganda, India, and its native Kenya.

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