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09/28/2015 07:33 am ET

A Key Moment In Kenya: What Ed Tech Can Learn From The GMO Backlash

A trailblazing educational technology initiative backed by Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and the World Bank was stopped in its tracks.
Kenyan children learn by their own in a classroom during a teacher strike.
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Kenyan children learn by their own in a classroom during a teacher strike.

A trailblazing educational technology initiative backed by Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and the World Bank has been stopped in its tracks by the government of Kenya.

When it launched in 2009, Bridge International Academies served just a few thousand, fee-paying primary school students. They’re already serving nearly 120,000, and they planned to open 100 new academies this year. But the Ministry of Education has put a freeze on the opening of new “non-formal” schools while they try to work out the regulations that will govern the sub-sector.

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