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Little known Kenyan school ranked top in Africa

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Teacher interacts with pupils at Bridge International Academy, Nairobi. PHOTO: COURTESY

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Bridge International Academies, an international network of schools headquartered in Nairobi have emerged among the top 10 best employers in Africa.

The group of schools emerged at number 9 alongside Shell in a survey that was conducted by Africa Business Magazine.

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Bridge International Academy. /COURTESY

The survey conducted on 20,000 employees across Africa revealed that the purpose-centric business model of Bridge International Academies is a natural fit for employees.

In their opinion, the employees working with the school indicated their ability to relate to the impact the Academy is making in underprivileged communities.

Africa Business Magazine noted that “the ability to make an impact has been identified as a core driver every year in the study.”

More interestingly, Bridge International Academies is the only social enterprise named in the top 100 choice employers in Africa.

The list is predominantly composed of multinational companies and multilateral organizations including World Bank Group (1), Chevron (2), African Development Bank (ADB) (4), and GE at position 7.

Bridge International Academies started its operations in Kenya in 2008 and currently operates schools in Kenya, India, Liberia, Nigeria and Uganda.

The main goal has remained affordable schooling in the developing world which it carries out with the support of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the International Finance Corporation, CFC among other organizations.

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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. The school is a beneficiary of Melinda and Gates Foundation. /QUARTZ

The network of schools has in the past attracted controversy after the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) published a report in December 2016 requesting the government to shut down the institutions due to their “unfit” education model.

Other notable top 10 best employers in Africa include Exxon Mobil (3), Microsoft (5), Shell (9) and Nestle (10).

Kenyan companies in the top 100 best list in Africa include Kenya Airways (47), Bamburi Cement (82) and Centum Investment (83), EABL (95), and Safaricom (98).

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