Sujatha Muthayya is Vice President, Policy and Partnerships at Bridge International Academies. Over the last 17 years, she has worked on developing service delivery for the bottom of the pyramid with a particular focus on private education. Over the years, she has worked with the Rural Technology and Business Incubator, Professor James Tooley, Intellecap, Centre for Civil Society and Pearson. She has been with Bridge since 2015 and has been responsible for entry into India, establishing the Government partnership and launching the first schools in Andhra Pradesh. As VP, Policy and Partnership she works on crafting Bridge's services to deliver at scale and with impact for governments.
The global shortage of learning is truly shocking. Today, most children in the world are not reaching even basic levels of literacy and maths as they are either not in school or they’re in a school but not really learning. It’s an uncomfortable fact reinforced by the World Bank’s inaugural report on education. The crisis is worst in sub-Saharan Africa. It is home to more than half the world’s out-of-school children, but it receives only a quarter of global education aid. The latest insight from the most authoritative research points to low quality and quantity of teaching in low and middle income countries, indicative of ineffective systems, as a major root cause.