Critics Emerge as Liberia Hands Over Elementary Education to Bridge International Academies

LIBERIA BUILDS A BREAKABLE BRIDGE? Back in February, Liberia's new Minister of Education made a deal with Bridge International Academies, where Bridge would manage early and primary childhood education for a period of five years. A for-profit network of low-cost private schools, Bridge currently runs projects in Kenya and Uganda, where students access lessons through Android mobile phones. But not everyone is onboard; this week, U.N. Official Kishore Singh described the partnership as a "gross violation of the right to education." The full quote: 

“This is unprecedented at the scale currently being proposed and violates Liberia’s legal and moral obligation. Provision of public education of good quality is the core function of the state, and abandoning this to commercial benefit of private company constitute a gross violation of the right to education."
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