BCF News & Articles
Let’s learn from the nurses
Written by Alan   

23 November 2020

Almost one in six teachers (15.3%) who qualified in 2017 left the state school sector in England within a year, according to data published by the Department for Education.

Several countries have reported that approximately half of the teachers leave the profession within 5-10 years.

Presumably most new teachers were excited the day they graduated and highly motivated on the day they arrived at school for their first day of teaching. Something is going wrong. Horribly wrong!!

Maybe the realities of full-time teaching with all its student, parent, management and administrative stresses, is just too much for many new teachers. Maybe all they wanted to do was teach.

Perhaps we can learn something from the NHS in the UK which has implemented a form of mentoring for graduate nurses during the first few months of employment.

This programme (known in the nursing profession as Preceptorship) offers newly qualified nurses about 6 months structured support provided by an experienced colleague or superior who helps them to get to grips with the routine and admin. They report that it and has given them confidence, a sense of belonging and a feeling of being valued by their superiors.

Perhaps ensuring that every newly employed teacher has a preceptor who follows a 6 month programme to empower them to successfully implement good classroom practice, effectively prepare and deliver lessons, manage discipline in the classroom, deal with parents, and most importantly to receive constructive feedback and praise as they improve, might make the difference?

One of my reasons for offering this suggestion is that so many heads of academic departments see their role as ‘supervisory’, or to gain compliance to good classroom practice. This is a box ticking exercise. As a consequence the soul of the new teacher is not nourished by a caring mentor who enthusiastically seeks to help the new teacher find their feet and become a confident, appreciated and celebrated member of the teaching community at their school.

Research from the nursing profession seems to indicate that an induction programme is not sufficient. A structured preceptorship programme for the first 6 months would provide a foundation to give newly qualified teachers the confidence to enjoy teaching hopefully reducing the dropout rate.

 
Amazon will donate to BCF if you click our link when purchasing from Amazon
Written by Alan   

17 November 2020

When you shop at Amazon Smile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price to the Billion Child Foundation and it won't cost you a cent.

You’ll be able to find the exact same great deals, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as at Amazon.com but with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price directly to BCF.

We will invest every cent Amazon donates to projects to turn government schools in Africa into centres of excellence.

To shop at AmazonSmile just click here and start shopping straight away!   You may also want to bookmark smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile and support BCF.

 
Profile on Dr Fannie Sebolela D Litt– Director of the Billion Child Foundation South Africa
Written by Alan   

11 November 2020

Few people rise from being a gardener to being featured on CNN, become a director of the Billion Child Foundation and Executive Director of a celebrated school.

Born into poverty, Fannie refused to drop out of school when his family could no longer afford to pay and instead became a part-time gardener to subsidise his schooling. This determination to obtain an education culminated in him being awarded a doctorate for compiling the first Setswana-English dictionary.

Initially as a teacher and later as a school principal he inspired tens of thousands of pupils not to drop out of school but to work hard to obtain an excellent education. Many young people who attended the schools which he led have been among the top performing matriculants in South Africa for several years.

Fannie is an inspiration to all who meet him. But don’t get the wrong idea. He does not spend his life preaching inspirational messages. That is not Fannie! He spends every waking moment working on his mission which is to ensure each child is able to attend a school which operates as a centre of excellence at which they not only receive excellent education but enjoy every opportunity to become a well-rounded individual who will succeed in the future.

Not only was he featured on CNN, but he is the winner of numerous awards, initially as a teacher but later as a principal winning national awards as principal of the year.

When Dr Fannie took over leadership of Khensani Primary School it was an ailing and run-down school

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Alan invited to join SA Society for Animals in Distress
Written by Alan   

30 October 2020

Alan J Whitaker, the Chairman of BCF Botswana, Côte d'Ivoire DRC, Ghana, Gambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe and CEO of BCF UK and South Africa has been invited to join the Executive Committee of the South African Society for Animals in Distress.

SAID provides indigent communities with door to door affordable and accessible veterinary care while simultaneously educating owners.

SAID is a multi-practice that serves companion animals, stock and equine. Their equine services sustain the health and welfare of the animals used for the cartage and delivery of coal in areas where such practices are ongoing.

The small animal hospital provides tens of thousands of treatments every year to indigent communities, while the Society's youth mentorship programme for postgraduate para-veterinarians ensures that they can sustainably capacitate their services and compliment the wider veterinary and welfare community.

BCF is proud that this prestigious organisation has invited Alan to join their leadership team.


 
Transforming the lives of millions of children through high quality education at government schools
Written by Alan   

22 October 2020

BCF proudly announces that it is making steady progress towards transforming government schools into centres of excellence.

Our goal is by 2044 to have enabled over a billion children to attend schools which operate as centres of excellence.

During 2020 BCF appointed Ambassadors in Botswana, DRC, Ghana, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This has proven to be a winning strategic shift.

BCF Ambassadors are tasked with approaching Ministers of Education or their Permanent Secretaries of their countries to persuade them to seek funding from international donor organisations to launch BCF programmes to transform every school in their countries to become centres of excellence.

To date BCF has presented an MOU to Uganda and is about to do the same Zambia following receipt of an Expression of Interest from their government. The BCF Ambassadors of Malawi, Tanzania and Botswana have presented proposals to their respective governments and our Ambassador in Mozambique hopes to meet the Minister of Education tomorrow or next week.

On the 9th of February, training of 1,020 head teachers/principals of schools in South Africa will resume.

For further information please don't hesitate our CEO This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

BCF Uganda team meets officials of the Uganda Ministry of Education and Sports 16 October 2020

 
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