Bridge International Academies: Delivering Quality Education at a Low Cost in Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda

Case Study in brief: This case study explores how Bridge International Academies, a for-profit education company founded in 2008, has developed an education model that leverages technology and scale to train and support underserved communities to deliver pre-primary (nursery and kindergarten) and primary school education. Bridge International Academies builds, staffs, and operates more than 450 low-cost private schools in marginalized communities in Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda.

Development challenge: Lack of low-cost, good-quality private school education

Delivery challenges: Project finance, project design, and leveraging technology

Lessons learned: 1) From the beginning, Bridge International Academies has been thoughtful about what its intervention would look like and how the company would function at scale. The company built and ran its first academy as though it were its 100th academy, investing heavily in research and development from the outset to ensure that the quality of education students receive is the same no matter how large the company grows. 2) Bridge treats education as a market—with its students and their families as its customers—which has allowed the company to amortize investment in quality over a large number of academies. That is, Bridge uses volume to drive down costs. This approach also has enabled the company to invest heavily in research and development to create systems that produce learning outcomes. 3) Bridge has found that it can both maintain quality and keep costs down by bringing every aspect of the supply chain under its own roof. This approach also has enabled Bridge to roll out any changes in its intervention across its network of more than 450 academies nearly instantaneously.

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