Breaking news- 2 most valuable higher education searches- 1) what are www youth ambassadors for sdgs? what is AI for valuetrue market purpose?how'd you like to search WRJ blog by value chains eg vc1 money vc2 AI & human tech vc3 health vc4 arts and communities happy stuff including olympics vc5 girls safety vc6 education for livelihoods vc7 food as nutrition security & diversity vc8 infrastructure for win-win trade maps vc9 true media
breaking the last empire : americans need to vote now are they separate and superior speciesn OR are they like the rest of the 8 billion of us? new summer 2019 : drucker ::::60 years ago dad, norman macrae, started the first of 100 conversations on AI (Artificial Intelligence), He had just surveyed how Japan was rising (lifting potentially Asians everywhere out of colonial era poverty) round brilliant engineers (bullet trains, container superports , microelectronics, the most reliable engines in the world) - from tokyo he brought back a pocket calculator- what would schools and the world be like if everyone had one of these?

Within a few years the world was debating if tech helps man reach the moon is there any mission impossible on earth.
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And Gordon Moore of Intel had just written a paper promising that microelectronic engineers would improve tech 100 fold every G decade to 2020s -that's a trillion fold more powerful microchips in 2030 than man raced to the moon with. So who's knowledge should teachers and everyone linkin to now if millennials are to be the first sustainability generations and THE UN 17 sdgs are to be celebrated as possible wherever the next girl is born. We welcome your nominations: here are a few examples back from the future of 2030 followed by an approximate chronological order. If in doubt as to whether we know your favorite WRJC please search this blog and mail us chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk if we have left someone out

Thursday, November 1, 2018

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We've been busy running Bridge nurseries and schools plus supporting government schools and teachers over the last month. Hear about some of the highlights: 
  • A new UK Government DFID report makes landmark findings that parents' income is not related to strong learning in Bridge schools in Lagos
  • Nigerian government teachers celebrate as 7,000 of them graduate from Bridge training
  • The IFC show their support for Bridge at the World Bank's annual meetings
  • We meet Everline, a top pupil sitting her end of school exams in Kenya
  • A London think tank looks at the evidence of our outcomes and praises Bridge's work
                                                                   
A new UK Government DFID report ‘Learning in Lagos’  revealed that in our schools in Nigeria family background was not correlated to children’s high learning outcomes. The DFID report makes a landmark finding that in Bridge schools children enjoy equal learning benefits. Parents' income, education, and speaking English at home had no link to their children's academic performance in Bridge. The report states: “Students from better socioeconomic backgrounds have higher learning achievement in private and public schools, but not at Bridge schools.” 
                               
A London think tank, Centre for Policy Studies, supports Bridge's work tackling the global learning crisis. The author says the global education shortage is a combination of children out of school and children in school not learning. The think tank outlines how Bridge is working to improve the situation: "Bridge schools in Lagos are delivering an education that is both of a higher standard and more equitable than the alternatives."  The author, Oliver Wiseman, goes on to say that "Bridge looks a lot like a good news story: not just more schools in parts of the world that need them, but an approach that appears to be working where others have failed."
Read the full article on CapX here
                               
In Benin City, Nigeria, seven thousand government teachers have been celebrating their graduation into the local government's new education improvement programme called EdoBEST. These teachers in over 600 schools are now educating around 150,000 children across Edo state. The aim of EdoBEST is to improve the state’s 1,500 public primary and junior secondary schools; develop the skills of 15,000 government teachers and impact 300,000 pupils over a 4 year programme. Bridge is proud to be the technical partner on the teacher development and instructional design element of the programme. We are focused on supporting the Government to enhance teacher capacity and capability through a training programme that leverages technology and empowers teachers to improve learning outcomes. 
Read the full story about EdoBEST here
                               
Philippe Le Houérou, CEO of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) was interviewed at the World Bank’s annual meetings in Bali. Houérou outlined why investments in private sector actors are key to the success of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. He expressed his support for Bridge's work saying “I grew up in Africa. It’s a situation of very bad public services in health and education. Repeating the same old recipe and expecting a better outcome is weird. Same cause, same consequences. We owe it to the kids, to the next generation, to try new things. We try with Bridge. I do believe that experimenting is good and we’re using economists to do evaluations." 
Read more about the IFC CEO's view now
                               
The World Economic Forum published an opinion editorial by Adesuwa Ifedi, Bridge Vice President of Policy and Partnerships for Africa. She writes about education reform in Nigeria highlighting the Edo government initiative and the UK DFID report. Adesuwa Ifedi says that what’s underway in the country is a huge boost for children. She highlights how innovative models, strong leadership and higher levels of learning attainment are transforming state schools across the region. Ifedi adds: “Strong political leadership and a clear vision demonstrate that state schools in Nigeria can be high quality, today. A generation of children can receive transformational learning opportunities enabling growth and prosperity in a state where 60% live below the poverty line.”
Visit the World Economic Forum story
Meet Everline Sumuni who goes to Bridge Kwa Reuben in Nairobi, Kenya
 
She's been a Bridge pupil for six years now after moving from her public school. She says: "I was learning nothing. I knew I had to improve."

Her school is in one of Kenya's biggest slums, Mukuru, which is home to 100,000 people and sits on wasteland by the Nairobi river. Everline is t
he youngest in her family and currently, she is sitting her end of primary school exam (KCPE). At 14, she is very motivated to succeed, not least by a determination to beat her sibling's scores! She's is on track to score 400+ marks in her exams; which would put her in the top 1% of pupils nationwide.

Good luck Everline! 
Read Everline's journey here
News in Brief
  • The US think-tank Brookings has published a piece by Bridge's Christine Okudi saying teachers can empower girls through sex education in Uganda. 
  • Dr Shannon May, co-founder of Bridge, delivered a keynote speech at the GSG Impact Summit 2018 in New Delhi, India. 
  • Business Fights Poverty have published a piece that looks at the new independent evidence of high attainment and equal learning inside our schools.
  • Why is a weaker teachers union in the USA good news for teachers in Africa? Our Head of Bridge Uganda writes for Impakter magazine.
  • Bright magazine has mentioned Bridge in its long list of education innovations in Kenya.
  • Country Director Marcus Wleh has been talking about the transition of the Liberian government's education reform program from PSL to LEAP.
  • The UK Institute for Economic Affairs posted a blog by an English professor looking at the findings of the new DFID paper Learning in Lagos.
  • Have you seen our shiny new website? Take a look here. 
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