Bridge International Academies has launched the public awareness initiative to draw global attention to the need for high-quality affordable education options worldwide. The new campaign is aimed at giving a global voice to parents, teachers and pupils in Africa and India who live in the poorest communities in the world.
Lending their voices to the global call, Kou, Samuel and Tenneh from Liberia are among those who spoke about how the education provided by Bridge Partnership Schools for Liberia has changed their lives, urging people across the world to share their story. The three new empowering short videos launched on the 28 this month showcased pupils and families from poor communities who earn less than $1.90 a day. The profiled documentary showed how parents, children and their teachers are desperate to craft a better life for themselves by pursuing education to escape poverty and find a better future. Bridge sponsored schools in struggling communities including: the notorious Nairobi Matabre slum, the Al-Shabaab region of North-east Kenya, the poorest parts of Nigeria’s Alimosho area, the impoverished towns of Eastern India, and across places once torn apart by Ebola and civil war in Liberia. The documentary film produced by Creative Agency GMMB enable parents, teachers and pupils to be heard across the world – far beyond the underserved and often remote communities in which they live. A release from Bridge state that these destitute families and communities should be the most important voices in conversations about the urgent need for global education reform. However, this has not been the case as their voices are most often lost in the combative debate around new models to deliver better education options to pupils in low and middle-income countries. According to a release from Bridge, there are 263 million children and young people out of school, of which 61 million are primary school aged children. In addition, there are an estimated 330 million children who are in school, but not learning. The most recent official estimate puts the global shortage of teachers at 69 million. Listening to those featured in the documentary really confirmed that, the affected are well informed about what is at stake for their lives, their children’s and the future of their communities. They showed how Bridge transformed their lives, and their stories will be shared around the world with the hashtag and rallying cry of #myBridge. Madam Tenneh, whose son benefited from Bridge project said that, since her son joined Bridge, he has been doing well beyond her imagination. Otis Kpan, a Bridge teacher in Nimba said that, he felt delighted to see the progress made by his pupils and that gives him the impression that he is doing a great work. Samuel, father of a pupil at Bridge said that, through the support of Bridge, he is confident that his daughter’s education will go a long way because; her performance has improved a lot. “I like the method of teaching, the teachers, and the management. In fact, I want her to go to university, and then to go abroad”, he added. The release states, “Bridge Partnership Schools for Liberia are the voices of those directly affected by poor education, absent teachers and failing schools. These films are designed to empower Bridge parents, teachers and children to make their voices heard. “Too often, debates about education in Africa or India are dominated by those from the West, with little space for mothers and fathers and teachers on the education front lines. We want to change that”, the release reiterated. Bridge pupils consistently outperform their peers in national exams, win scholarships to prestigious schools in their home countries and the USA. Bridge graduates are following their dreams of becoming doctors, engineers, lawyers and much more.