Summary: BridgeIT uses mobile phones to deliver professional development materials and educational resources to teachers. The program's aim is to enhance teacher and school system capacity through comprehensive professional development, working closely with local partners and organizations on the ground. --- BridgeIT was launched in the Philippines in 2003, developed jointly by Nokia and the Pearson Foundation. The first program in the Philippines was also developed in partnership with the International Youth Foundation and with support from the United Nations Development Programme. The program is now being implemented in ten countries worldwide, funded and supported by Nokia and the Pearson Foundation, in conjunction with varying part...
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Description of Scale and Reach
BridgeIT launched its first program, Text2Teach, in the Philippines in 2003, and the program spread rapidly throughout the country using existing cell phone infrastructure. In 2007, BridgeIT launched in Tanzania, in partnership with USAID and the International Youth Foundation, in a program called Elimu Kwa Teknolojia. Since then it has served over 200,000 students in Tanzania, and the Ministry of Education has incorporated the program in its educational policy. BridgeIT was launched in Chile in 2010, and in Colombia in 2011. BridgeIT India launched in 2011, and in its first three years it aims to serve approximately 300 teachers and 8,000 students. BridgeIT collaborates with the International Reading Association in Bangladesh and Indonesia, and launched its program there in 2011. BridgeIT has recently launched new programs in Nigeria, South Africa, and Haiti, and is currently piloting a project in Vietnam in partnership with the British Council.
Philippines, Bangladesh, Chile, Colombia, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Vietnam