Bridge

UNICEF Winner
Bridge connects education innovators into communities of practice, fostering linkages between civil society, government, funders, practitioners, teachers, learners, principals, and parents to promote the sharing of effective education practices.
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Year launched: 
2010
Launch country: 

CEI Plus Status

Program Results Status
Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting

Location Data

State/Province: 
Gauteng, Western Cape
City: 
Johannesburg, Cape Town
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Program Description: 

Since its founding in July 2010, Bridge has sought to build communities of practice for education innovators in South Africa in order to improve the educational system. The organization focuses on school leadership, teacher development and accountability, socio-economic conditions of learners, and learning and teacher resources.

Bridge carries out three principal activities:

  1. Convening and facilitating community of practice meetings: Bridge applies its facilitation methodology nationally, provincially, and at a district level.
  2. Carrying out monitoring and evaluation: Bridge measures the activities of its communities of practice against specific outcomes in spreading good practice, maximizing resources, and creating impact on the system as a whole.
  3. Knowledge management: Bridge records and shares examples of good educational practice. The organization creates tools and templates to help the work of community members. Bridge distributes this information through a range of print and online media channels, as well as through media partnerships.

Bridge operates both horizontally and vertically, documenting examples of working practice and distributing learnings to peers in order to avoid duplicating efforts and encourage the sharing of resources, and also linking practice with policy and policy implementation.