By Chinelo Obogo
In commemoration of this year’s World Children’s Day with the theme: ‘Inclusion, for every child’, Bridge International Academies, the world’s largest operator of technology-enabled schools serving families and governments in emerging markets joined the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is advocating an inclusive world for children.
According to the Managing Director of Bridge International Academies Nigeria, Foyinsola Akinjayeju, “the theme for this year’s World Children’s Day goes to the heart of what we do here at Bridge – providing access to quality education, which is the right of every child. Our community schools are places of equal opportunity for every child and promote equity across gender, household income and family circumstances among other factors.
“Our mission at Bridge – to provide millions of children with life-changing education, drives what we do, so that children have the platform and the support to break out of generational limitations, and are set on a pathway to a brighter and more prosperous future, beyond what their parents achieved. That to us is inclusion. It is why schools should exist, that is to assist children to fulfil their potential and to give them a chance at an economically-secure future even if they were born into disadvantaged situations.
“Since 2015 when we opened our first schools in Nigeria, we have leveraged technology to drive standardised and effective teaching and also adopt a holistic methodology comprising the robust use of data, adaptive lessons/content and continuous monitoring for improvement.”