By Dayo Adesulu
In its quest to give world-class education to children from low income families in Africa, Bridge International Academies, BIA, an international private school, has built six academic locations at Ojo, Badagry, Igando, Ijegun, and Ikorodu, targeting children whose parents live below N400 per day.
The first BIA opened in the Mukuru slum in Nairobi, Kenya in 2009. Today, there are over 450 academies and Bridge continues to expand across Africa and Asia. Bridge plans to educate 10,000,000 children across a dozen countries by 2025.
In Nigeria, the first Bridge schools which were opened in September 2015, have six academies located in Ojo, Badagry, Ikorodu, and Alimosho LGAs serving over 1,200 children. Just as it plans to extend their services to other remote communities in Epe, Badagry, Ikorodu, Ibeju-Lekki, and Ojo by September 2016, increasing access to affordable quality education for children living in these communities.
On Saturday, July 16, 2016, Lagos was brought to a standstill as Bridge International Academies had its first graduation ceremony in Nigeria. The Managing Director of Bayswater Industries Limited, Mr. Piyush Nair, graced the occasion.
The prize-giving event of 234 graduates was held simultaneously across six academies located in Ojo, Badagry, Igando, Ijegun, and Ikorodu, and showcased presentation of scholarship awards to 54 outstanding pupils. The scholarships were sponsored by Bridge’s Corporate Partner, Bayswater Industries Limited, manufacturers of Mr. Chef seasoning cubes and powders.
Speaking at the presentation of scholarships to the pupils, Mr. Piyush Nair said the vision that gave birth to the rapidly expanding Bridge International Academies worldwide has proved that investment in young people is a worthwhile enterprise for peace of mind in the future.
He added: ”As it is often said amongst the Yoruba, the untutored child is the one that will wreak havoc on well-ordered families and, indeed, society.”
Bridge International Academies is the world’s largest chain of primary and pre-primary schools, bringing world-class education to children from low income families and democratizing the right to succeed.