How We Work

Our Approach

We support educational learning in 3 ways. Through:

Collaborative Partnerships with organizations: This includes, educational and other non-profits, foundations or community leads who provide a form of learning for children. We advocate for financial and non-financial support for education and, invest in professional development and innovative tools for teachers to improve and develop their skills.

Educational Programs available to our Collaborative Partners and individual students. We look for practical ways to work with establishments and network with them, so teachers and Principals can have access to a knowledge center.

Kids will naturally have access to learning programs through their schools, or by submitting direct applications to join events and available programs. By working together, we aim to minimize duplication of resources, share a synergy of knowledge, and boost expert skills. Programs includes, summer schools, sports, and events to promote arts, reading, science and other innovation programs and educational contests. We believe we will be all the stronger for working together and sharing the load. (See Our Programs section for more information). We also embrace opportunities to involve local communities and their leaders, so young people can connect, and be actively involved in writing the next chapters of their community’s future.

Students/individual applications for direct support. We welcome highly driven scholars, or prospective young and innovative entrepreneurs, with a passion to succeed, and go beyond their comfort zone.

Scholarships: On occasions, we consider applications for support or subsidized fees for vocational or non-vocational learning. We welcome promising students with a vision and ability that would otherwise be thwarted, without intervention.

Our assistance  includes channeling students to schools in our network that can meet their needs.

Any support we give is with the understanding that any educational learning or skill received is re-invested in Africa in the long term.

Why Bridge Africa Foundation

Bridge Africa Foundation (B.A.F) believes in the power of education to secure a better future for Africa. Education is a one shot, if not done properly, will result in a shortage skilled innovative leaders to lead, our infrastructure and drive our economic and political stability.

Africa has a strong cultural belief in education, and a has seen a surge in new schools. Educators of both new and older schools, share the understanding that, access to education gives a child a shot and an opportunity in life. Some of these schools, re-investment their funds in the effort to sustain a quality standard of education in their curriculum, in spite of the increasing challenge of getting access to quality teaching resources and tools or continuous development training. For the best of their resources. At B.A.F, we would be humbled to support those establishment or schools in their business of education, by giving direction to teaching tools and continuous training for teachers and educational leaders. We share the goal of attaining a sustainable quality of education for children.

Our Goals

We are passionate in supporting actions, which secure, a better future for the children of the next generation in Africa. At the heart of it all is our goal:

  • To be instrumental in closing the ever-increasing achievement gap and decline in African Education today. To work on the declining standards which is eroding the quality in some of our African schools and standard of education, compared to the 70’s and 80’s, when African education, had more of a renowned global recognition, to attract student exchange.
  • We want to work with those who are seeking solutions to support the fact that children’s abilities are not only based on academics, but also on their creativity, social learning, individuality, conversations, expressions, feelings and knowledge, all that is necessary to face the demands of the future.
  • We want to work with existing establishments to strengthen the avenues of equipping children with innovative and critical thinking skills needed for reshaping the community of future.
  • We recognize all children, regardless of the financial investment made in their education will, in the future, come together to work hand-in-hand, as a team, to be the combined workforce in Africa. Disregarding the growing disparity in education will only hinder the pace needed to build tomorrow’s economy, and stifle the prospects of African children in the global economy.
  • Our goal is to make the “uncommon” basics in quality education “common” if the African country is to thrive.

“The concept is always true, that you cannot withhold a dream from a child, but you can equip them to attain and do well by that dream, whether it be as tomorrow’s President. That is the audacity of hope.”
– Barack Obama

You cannot withhold an African child with a poorer quality of education from becoming one of tomorrow’s leaders, or be a mover or shaker. Without the community’s assistance in properly equipping them, and turning a blind eye, we fail to see the direct visible impact on others.

  • A diminishing quality in education is an economic drain in our nation, and our communities. What it does is increases the gap and disparities in education, healthcare, crime, homelessness — it will have an impact on every single one of us.
  • We are investing in skills and knowledge that can be re-invested in Africa, regardless of whether educational sponsorship is with attendance in a non-African country.
  • We place importance in improving the African educational landscape. Promoting a strong cultural heritage, through quality education, and increasing opportunities for children and young people to want to work in Africa, or to return to work in the place where their family has history, and have laid their roots.
  • Quality teaches the right leadership skills to equip children with the ability to cultivate their communities and address the key infrastructure needs of education, healthcare, technology, employment, agriculture, environment, tourism, and transportation.

Our Purpose

At the heart of our existence is our God given purpose which drives us. Put simply:

  • To promote the kingdom of God. To raise children with the right leadership skills; the knowledge needed to transform their communities and advance a democracy with the right ethical values.

“A day is coming when the Lord almighty will become a crown of glory… and strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.”
– Isiah 28:5-6

  • To promote God’s will, to defend the rights of the poor and orphans; be fair to the needy and the helpless – Psalm 82:3

Our Vision

The Future

Our vision is for one in thirty children, to become well-equipped with leadership skills by 2030. Children should be armed with the right social skills – through programs e.g. exposure to differing environments nationally / internationally, competitive games or vacationing with others, etc.– these children, will have developed the right critical thinking skills, required to sustain a stronger economy that will benefit generations to come.

By 2030, we want to come together as Africans to celebrate the significant improvement in education, (at an affordable cost), for all children in Africa.

“The paradox of education is that as one begins to become conscious, one begins to examine the society in which one is being educated.”
– James Baldwin

Today

Most of today’s children, who will form a part of the workforce (around 35%), by 2030, is made of those with a high achievement potential, if the education they receive is all it should be.

If their potential is otherwise stifled, because of an inadequate quality of education, then by 2030, without intervention, the gap between the children in the differing income backgrounds will continue to grow. Yet all children will come together, in the future to work hand-in-hand. Without intervention, we will have a workforce made up of 60% of those with an education lacking in skills necessary to fully navigate their way in a global economy. We will be lacking in human resource of people ready to take Africa to a level where it can be recognized as a sustainable global economy.

In the Western world, there is a basic standard of education, with access to resources at a fraction of the cost that is paid for quality education in Africa. This basic standard has to be made available in Africa at an available cost. Without intervention, an increasing number will not be able to read or write by third grade, and some will meet development delays in reaching key educational milestones, before becoming a part of the workforce.