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The 'Uberfication' of education: warning about commercial operators

Angelo Gavrielatos, head of the commercialisation campaign of Educationa International, warns against the ‘Uberfication’ of education. “Education International is targeting ‘educorporations’ including Pearson and Bridge International Academies, a company listed in Delaware, US, that operates in Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, India and Liberia. The World Bank and Pearson are supporters of Bridge International.”

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

National Education Union to stage rallies against profiteer Pearson

Members of the National Education Union (NEU) will rally at Savoy Place in London against multinational assessment service Pearson, which is closely involved with Bridge — one of the world’s largest education-for-profit companies. As a “low-fee” private schools provider, Bridge intends to extend its influence throughout Africa and Asia within the next decade, with a business plan that union campaigners claim is focused on maximising profit at the expense of educational quality.

Source: Morning Star

Why do British charities want to shut down private schools in Africa?

Why would anyone who claims to care about the world’s poorest children try to shut down their schools? It’s strange and sad, but several British charities, in cahoots with some British unions, are making a concerted effort to close down hundreds of schools in Africa. They are doing this because they dislike private education, seeming not to care that this will destroy the life chances of thousands of desperate children, forcing them, at best, into state schools where the teachers are often absent, drunk or incapable.

Source: The Star, Kenya

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What do we really know about Bridge International Academies?

Education International’s African leaders have released a statement today calling on their Heads of States to reject privatisation and to invest in quality public education for all. The statement warns against foreign multinational corporations who are seeking market opportunities and are targeting major African cities. These companies are attacking and undermining public education across the continent according to EI. The special attention was paid to Bridge International Academies which is emblematic of what is wrong with privatisation. The presented research paper "What do we really know about Bridge International Academies?" reviews seven studies conducted in local communities where it operates (in Liberia, Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda).