How Bridge International’s tech-driven for-profit schools in Africa may reinforce global power inequalities

  • Bridge International is a for-profit chain of private (pre-)primary schools employing technology to allegedly provide “high-quality, affordable education” in the Global South. Like many other actors, Bridge (cl)aims to bridge the global digital divide and to use information and communication technologies to realize development (“ICT4D”), in particular in sub-Saharan Africa. But are such projects really allowing the region to “catch up” with the rest of the world and strengthen its weak global standing? Not necessarily. Many projects’ implementation mirrors existing global power inequalities and may even reinforce them.1 Moreover, the technologies employed themselves augment these imbalances. The present contribution illustrates this, using Bridge as a case study.

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Author:Maria Pawelec
Parent Title (German)
Place of publication:Frankfurt am Main
Document Type:Report
Year of Completion:2018
Date of first Publication:2018/06/19
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2018/08/21
Tag:Bridge International; Global South; ICT4D; schools
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Institutes:Gesellschaftswissenschaften / Gesellschaftswissenschaften
Exzellenzcluster / Exzellenzcluster Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 32 Politikwissenschaft / 320 Politikwissenschaft
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