When the Ministry of Education assigned Bridge International Academies to operate the Buchanan Demonstration School in 2016, the ministry also directed another public school using the facility to relocate.
As the controversial Partnership Schools for Liberia initiative enters its second year, a report conducted by the Center for Global Development has revealed that the program is costly to run, although it significantly raised studentsâ€™ learning in its first year, compared with standard public schools.
Bridge is a disruptive force. It disrupts the status quo through pursing education reform in developing economies, where 263 million children â€” 61 million primary school children â€” are out of school and 330 million children are in school but not learning.
After decades of war and the Ebola crisis eighty percent of the Liberian public education system was destroyed, so the nation needed a fast, effective plan to deliver quality education back to its people.
Cooper writes this as her first sentence in her biography of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who was born in 1938. She writes this to help readers outside the country understand how extraordinary it is that a Liberian woman became part of the governing inner circle. She had a successful career in the world of international finance, and then was sworn in as president of a country emerging from a civil war.
On Feb. 20, the Ministry of Education held a one-day event that sought to present the activities of its effort to see 93 government schools operated by private and non-profit organizations.
Liberiaâ€™s education system is in crisis. To not act now would be to fail yet another generation of Liberiaâ€™s children.
Senegalese-American musical icon, Aliaume Thiam, popularly known as Akon, has partnered with Bridge International Academies and the Ministry of Education to draw attention to the electricity shortage and the poor education system in Liberia.