Bridge Africa Foundation works to promote quality academic and social education for African children between the ages of 4 to 21 years. This is done through educational programs, collaboration and investment in organizations who advance educational learning, and direct interest in wellbeing of individual children with a skill and purpose.
We stand true in the saying that “the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes” – Marcel Proust. We, therefore, work as collaborators with existing organizations to advocate and support their goals of long-term sustainability for children’s education.
- We believe access to education is key, but access to quality education is golden.
- We believe quality allows for enriched learning.
- We believe a standard should be set for quality in the social and academic development of a child.
- We believe schools should be supported in their quest for sustaining quality through access to needed resources, and tools that are essential to their success.
- We believe a lack of quality in education, is worse than having no education at all.
- We believe quality fosters creativity in a child, and acts as a gateway to life-long learning.
- We strongly believe in the power of collaboration with those already committed to the business of improving children’s educational learning and well-being.
- Quality in education meets the child’s needs through shared learning experiences with others.
We are humbled to assist organizations working hard to improve quality educational learning and to support their goals of improving our schools.
Our Definition of Quality Education
Education is about learning, and quality education promotes learning. If there is no learning, then there is no education being achieved. There is a difference between movement and progress in education. Quality education seeks progress in a child. It stimulates the diverse parts of a child and, does more than just steering a child to conform. A quality education engages a child, and recognizes as key, the arts, social interactions, humanities, physical education, and other talents of the child that enhance self-expression, confidence and awareness of other people.
Quality in education enhances development of broader skills. Children prosper best with a broad curriculum that recognizes their various talents and creativity that will otherwise remain dormant. A child who is learning, becomes very well engaged, and is able to grasp his/her surroundings and navigate through social interactions more appropriately. This enables him/her to rise up to the challenges for entering adulthood. After all, a well-rounded child can only tap on his or her reservoir of knowledge for use in any future decision-making.
Quality academic education therefore puts the child’s best pieces together, to create a learner, with more than just the best academics. B.A.F does not see excelling academics as the only measure or goal to be achieved. A child can have the best grades, but may lack the ability to successfully deal with life’s challenges or relate or work with others, especially where the best grades have been achieved through testing only. Studies show that IQ is not the key difference between academically smart, and not so smart children. Some not so academically smart children, have a very high IQ.
Quality social education allows for social interaction, awareness of other people, self-expression and confidence building. B.A.F, through their “Educational Programs”, work with educators in their work of, inspiring children to use their innate creativity, working on their abilities to bring about positive change when thrown in a different environment, or with others from a diverse background. Cultural diversity creates a wealth of knowledge, and is another step towards our vision of a successful Africa.
The current board members, as philanthropists, are from humble backgrounds with parents and grandparents, who have devoted their lives to the church; to the education of children, and to businesses that have served the community and provided work experience and internship opportunities for young adults. They spent most of their lives giving back to West Africa, having received an education and training from West Africa and England. The Board’s devotion to philanthropy is in continuation of their work, and in commemoration of their memory and zeal for helping others.
Continuing the dedication of the Sowunmi’s in education. Late Professor Sowunmi, Professor of Math for college youth and Late Mrs Ajayi, his sister, dedicated to college youth as an advanced lecturer in creative theater, arts and drama.
In honor and loving memory of Chief Engineer Akin Davies who demonstrated his love for children and opened up an engineering and construction workplace, Tarmac Engineering, with access to young engineers and interns to gain work experience. In memory of Akin’s late wife, Evelyn Bolade Davies, a dedicated English teacher at an elementary school. Also, in memory of her late sister, Mrs Lipede, a trained and dedicated social worker, who worked to support and rehabilitate children who had lost their way.
Late Professor Segun Sowunmi
Prominent Professor at University of Ibadan, and key contributor to the Nigerian Mathematical Society. In continuation of his dedication to education and supporting student mentally and financially in achieving their goals.
mentioned in – https://books.openedition.org/ifra/604?lang=en
As a Founder & Executive Director for Bridge Africa Foundation, Kemi is a lawyer who has a keen interest in promoting quality in education, both socially and academically, particularly in Africa.
Kemi’s passion for philanthropy in the educational field stems from her goal to make a difference in the educational story of Africa, and residing in an Africa with opportunities for children and youth to positively impact their countries infrastructure, and have the ability to contribute to growth in the global world.
Her key purpose is serving as a bridge by connecting what is available in the advanced educational and philanthropic community in the western world, no matter how small, to where it can make an impact in the quality of social and academic learning in Africa. This simply can be books, to knowledge of new software, professional development for teachers, educational management leadership, or an infusion into sports, music and non-vocational educational equipment, e.g. for Chefs. Quite simply Kemi’s goal is to redistribute educational wealth and knowledge.
Prior to Bridge Africa Foundation, Kemi spent over 20 years practicing as a Lawyer in the United Kingdom, and nearly eight years, as General Counsel and entrepreneur managing a law practice in the heart of Central London. She is not a novice to entrepreneurship, as her father owned a medium sized Engineering & Construction company for over 40 years.
As a Lawyer, Kemi has spent over fifteen years advising in Property legal matters, and Commercial contracts Lawyer. She remains a specialist in Commercial Contracts advising on benefits of a proactive contractual documentation for businesses, and procurement teams.
Her past experience, included developing relationships with other Nonprofits. volunteering with The Child and Family Network Center (www.cfnc-online.org) in Alexandria VA, and as a Director for Mary Ward (www.marywardcentre.ac.uk) in London, UK.
She also holds an MBA from City University Business School, London, in the United Kingdom. Her time in renowned boarding schools in England has set her tone for work with schools, including independent schools and different organizations. She enjoys supporting students through their educational journey of quality education and is always excited to bring her eloquence, humor and energy to contribute to conversations, and networking with people.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family. She loves reading, property spotting, making and redesigning soft furnishings. She is open to collaborations, speaking engagements and opportunities in line with her interests.
Dayo Sowunmi II is actively involved in volunteer work by mentoring young professionals, emerging leaders and high school students. He is a keen human rights supporter and has been involved with Amnesty International in Nigeria, UK and Australia. He is a mentor, global leadership consultant, speaker and author. He has presented at several international conferences, speaking on topics including leadership, ethics, entrepreneurship, health, marketing, and technology in business. Professionally, he has been mentoring senior business leaders and written books and articles on how to become a more effective leader, with an emphasis on self-awareness, emotional intelligence, health and wellness. Dayo holds a degree in Engineering and a Masters in Artificial Intelligence.
He is the author of the book, “Leadership is Mental”.