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Shannon May

Shannon May is the Co-Founder of Bridge International Academies, the largest network of technology enabled schools in Africa. Bridge believes that every child has the right to high quality education and partners with governments, communities, teachers and parents to ensure that all children can fulfil their potential. The first Bridge International Academy opened in 2009 and has educated over 300,000 pupils at over 520 primary and nursery schools across Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Liberia and India. Prior to founding Bridge she served as an advisor to many international organizations and sustainable cities around the world. Her experience also extends to the classroom, having taught in primary, middle, and secondary schools in both China and the US, as well as in the university lecture halls of the University of California, Berkeley. Shannon received her B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Social Studies from Harvard University, and her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.

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South Asia, Africa, Uganda, India, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria

Bridge International Academies

Bridge partners with governments, communities, teachers and parents to deliver evidence-based quality education for primary and pre-primary school children. Bridge believes that every child has the right to a high-quality education. As such, it currently serves more than 300,000 pupils in more than 520 nursery and primary schools in marginalized and underserved communities across Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Liberia and India.

Bridge believes innovation and technology can transform learning. It develops lessons based on national curricula, in-depth teacher training and support programmes, and use cutting-edge wireless technology. Bridge treats learning as a science and constantly iterates and adapts to ensure that its teachers are delivering the best lesson possible. Bridge knows that teachers are key to success in the classroom and focusses on supporting and empowering them.

Bridge schools deliver increased learning gains for pupils by being data driven and evidenced based. The data shows that the longer a child is at Bridge, the better they do. These consistent results across multiple years and countries prove that learning gains can be delivered at scale and on limited budgets.

In some countries, Bridge runs partnership schools with the government, such as in Liberia; in others it runs infrastructure partnerships, such as in India; and in others it runs affordable schools where parents pay. Bridge is open to all models as long as they help deliver on its mission of delivering life changing education to all children.