The 2nd Annual Education Innovation Africa focuses on facilitating innovative partnerships that build sustainable and impactful education programmes across Sub Saharan Africa.

Alternative education models such as informal private schools, online learning platforms, skills-based programmes and alternative delivery models are contributing to the reach of education across Africa. However, sustainable finance and investment are required to increase the efficacy, reach and impact of these programmes. Under this year’s theme ’Delivering Impact’, the event will unite key education leaders at Ministries, Educators, Programmes and Edtech companies, together with Capital Providers at PE, VC, Impact, Development Banks and Corporate Programmes to find new partnerships and models that will provide sustainable and impactful education programmes across Sub-Saharan Africa. 
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Bailey Thomson

SPARK Schools - South Africa
Director of School Design

Bailey Thomson serves as the SPARK Schools Director of School Design.  In her role, Bailey is responsible for ensuring that SPARK's personalized and blended learning model delivers SPARK's promise of high quality education at an affordable cost for all South African children.  After graduating from the College of William and Mary in the United States in 2010, Bailey began her career in education as a Teach For America corps member at Rocketship Mateo Sheedy, the first school in the network that pioneered blended learning in the United States.  Bailey taught Grade 2 and 3 math and participated in Rocketship's Emerging Leaders Program.  

In August 2012, Bailey moved to Johannesburg, South Africa to join the founding team of SPARK Schools.  In the past four years, Bailey has led the design and innovation of both the foundation phase (K-3) and intermediate phase (4-7) personalized learning models in each of SPARK's eight schools.