BCF News & Articles
Endorsement by SACE of BCF Parenting Skills Programme
Written by Alan   

2 March 2018

The South African Council for Educators (SACE) presented the Billion Child Foundation with a certificate confirming its endorsement of the SA National Parenting Skills Programme.

This is a feather in the cap of BCF as this endorsement which follows strict evaluation confirms the quality and relevance of this Programme. It also enables the teachers who volunteer to present this programme to parents at their school in the local language to claim professional development points when they do so

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We do not have time to turn schools around one at a time
Written by Alan   

23 February 2018

Several million schools around the globe are failing schools. Millions of teenagers cannot read a book, fill in an application form or do basic arithmetic. Most of the children at these schools will join the ranks of the largely unemployable and almost certainly the unemployed. Despite billions of dollars being invested by charitable organisations most schools remain underperformers.

The world is rapidly turning into two worlds those with education, jobs, money and a future for themselves and their children, and those with little education, no jobs and no prospects. And these people are hungry and increasingly angry.

We just dont have time to turnaround one school at a time.

We dont even have time to turn around 20 schools at a time. BCF programmes turn around hundreds of schools with each intervention at a cost of only USD 980 - USD 1,500 per school depending on the country and travelling expenses.

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Our business model
Written by Alan   

28th January 2018

BCF has no employees or office accommodation. All our directors and facilitators work from home and are only paid for the work they do.

It is not possible to conduct training at schools in the southern hemisphere between September and February as year-end examinations are written in October and November each year and schools close from early December until mid-January. BCF does not therefore carry the overhead of having to pay salaries during this period.

Almost every cent received goes directly to project costs. This is probably the closest one could get to being a true non-profit organisation.

 
Impact of the BCF Centre of Excellence Programme on Matriculation results
Written by Alan   

26th January 2018

Within 18 months of principals of 121 schools attending the BCF Schools Centre of Excellence Programme, the majority of schools were well on their way to becoming centres of excellence.

This is demonstrated by the significant jump in Bachelor and Diploma matriculation pass rates achieved by these121 schools during the 2017 matriculation examinations.

Province

District

Year training conducted

No high schools

Bachelor + Diploma

 

2015

2017

% increase                   2017 over 2015

 

Free State

Fezile Dabi, Lejweleputswa and Xhariep

2011 - 16

77

58

74

28%

Gauteng

Soweto, Pretoria and Benoni

2015

20

56

67

20%

 

Northern Cape

John Taolo Gaetsewe

2015

10

39

57

46%

 

Eastern Cape

King Williams Town, Mount Frere, Ntabankulu

2015

14

28

44

57%

 

Total South Africa

 

121

53

70

32%

 

The sudden and significant jump in Bachelor and Diploma marks could be ascribed to a combination of BCF and other interventions. Principals and district officials who have experienced the power of BCF this Programme however subscribe the significant jump in these results mainly to the BCF programme they attended.

 

 
97% of learners gained a matriculation pass at 50 of the 121 schools BCF trained
Written by Alan   

10 January 2018

During the 2017 South African matriculation examinations over 97% of learners gained a matriculation pass at 50 of the 121 high schools whose principals attended the BCF Schools Centre of Excellence Programme.

Please join me in congratulating the principals, management teams and academic staff of the following schools


School

District

Province

% learners passed matric

SS Paki

Fezile Dabi

Free State

91%

Qalabotjha

Fezile Dabi

Free State

96%

Kwakwatsi

Fezile Dabi

Free State

92%

Kgabareng

Fezile Dabi

Free State

91%

L E Notsi

Fezile Dabi

Free State

100%

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