– Celebrates five years of its LEAP program
The Liberia Education Advancement Program (LEAP), of which Bridge Liberia is the largest partner, celebrated its five-year partnership with the Ministry of Education.
The LEAP program was signed in 2016, and it is an innovative public-private partnership school program designed to transform the public primary education system. This decision was the first major public-private partnership (PPP) education program in Africa; putting Liberia’s political leaders at the forefront of innovation in the education sector for primary school students.
Originally, eight education providers with a proven track record in delivering high quality education, including Bridge Liberia, were twinned with public primary schools across Liberia.
Since then, Bridge Liberia has worked across the country in 11 of Liberia’s 15 counties with growth in other counties expected in the upcoming 2021/2022 academic year. Currently, the program has four providers; with Bridge Liberia supporting 171 of the 323 schools in the program.
Under the leadership of the current government, the LEAP program has grown from strength to strength, with students in the Bridge Liberia program significantly improving their learning outcomes compared to their peers. To mark this milestone celebration, the education providers of the LEAP program acknowledged the continued support they have received from the Department of Education over the past five years.
Bridge Liberia Managing Director Gbovadeh Gbilia sees this as an important milestone for Bridge Liberia, especially as Bridge Liberia enters its sixth year of programming following challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said, “As we join with other providers and the Ministry of Education in celebrating this important milestone, we reaffirm Bridge Liberia’s unwavering support to the Liberian government in the primary education sector and we are so proud of the progress we have made so far in the sector thanks to the support of the Ministry.
According to him, Bridge Liberia improved the learning gains of students in schools supported by Bridge Liberia by the equivalent of 2.5 additional years of learning in just 3 years, according to a Gold Standard study.
The Bridge Liberia program is designed to help the Liberian government ensure that children have access to quality primary education and that Sustainable Development Goal 4, focused on quality education, becomes a reality for children in public schools. primary education in Liberia.