Tech-driven teaching school, Bridge International Academy ordered to close in Uganda

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Bridge International Academy is not your everyday Ugandan school since it deploys a different teaching approach (more on this later) than conventional government and private run schools in Uganda. The foundation has been at loggerheads with the education ministry since July that has culminated into its forced closure citing sanitation issues and non-adherence to the national set education guidelines and curriculum

How Bridge International Academy operates?

Bridge International Academy uses a centralized curricula system for all the schools it operates. It currently operates 63 schools in Uganda normally in socially deprived communities. Teachers in Bridge schools are equipped with e-readers or tablets pre-loaded with a custom-developed app that they use to monitor attendance, timing of lesson delivery and student comprehension, which is uploaded daily on a central server and reviewed by the central academic team.

The central academic team then reviews the outcomes to iterate lessons in real time or identify needs to further teacher training. The team also identifies new learning aids to overcome any shortcomings and the collected data is not only used to improve their mode of operation but also contribute to wider pedagogy.


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