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BCF can turn public schools around district by district

BCF can turn public schools around district by district

BCF can turn public schools around district by district 150 150 The Billion Child Foundation

20 September 2019

In 2010 Fezile Dabi was a very average rural education district in the Free State Province of South Africa with only 48% of its learners gaining a basic matric pass at its under-performing schools.

In January 2019 the National Minister of Basic Education announced that Fezile Dabi was the top performing education district in South Africa in the 2018 matric exams.

92% of learners at all the previously under-performing schools in Fezile Dabi obtained a basic matriculation pass. More importantly, 77% of the learners who sat the exam obtained university or technical university pass. THIS IS A BIG DEAL!!






Percentage of learners gaining a basic matric pass






A miracle!! How did Fezile Dabi become the top performing education district in the nation?

In 2011/12 principals of all the under-performing schools in Fezile Dabi attended the SA Education Districts Centre of Excellence Programme which is a BCF culture change programme designed to turn every school in an education district into a centre of excellence. It works!!

BCF does not claim it was the sole contributor to the impressive gains made in Fezile Dabi but that it:

  1. Provided the catalyst which kick-started the sustainable improvements at each school.

  2. Empowered each principal to establish a high-performance culture which enabled every school in the district to journey towards becoming a centre of excellence.



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