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:
- Convening and facilitating community of practice meetings: Bridge applies its facilitation methodology nationally, provincially, and at a district level.
- 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.
- 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.
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CEI approaches in action
The members of the Bridge network specifically focus their work on supporting learners and schools in disadvantaged communities.
When Bridge was founded in In July 2010, the organization had four communities of practice in Cape Town. As of April 2013, then Bridge has developed ten new communities in both Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Bridge is currently developing new communities of practice for ECD and ICTs in Basic Education.
Monitoring & Evaluation
Bridge measures attendance and engagement at its community meetings, and evaluates new collaborations or partnerships that developed out of each community's work. The organization also uses social media and website analytics to measure impact.
Membership of Community of Practice: Over 3000 members from at least 650 organizations (November 2014).