BCF News & Articles
Great advice for parents and teachers
Written by Alan   

15 October 2019

I don't know how you felt about homework but to me it seemed that teachers somehow thought that quantity was more important than quality. And so they loaded us with hours of resented repetitive homework each day.

An article published today in the Australian Teacher Bulletin provides recommendations based on peer reviewed research for parents and teachers.

I have amended these recommendations as follows

1. Quality of homework set is more important than quality.

2. Homework given by secondary school teachers improves academic outcomes providing it is related to current in-class teaching.

3. Academic results improve when

  • Parents show regular interest and encouragement in their child's homework.
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Alan J Whitaker speaking at EduTECH next week
Written by Alan   

3rd October 2019

Alan J Whitaker, chairman of the Billion Child Foundation Ghana, The Gambia and Zambia and CEO of the Billion Child Foundation United Kingdom and Southern Africa will address the EduTECH Africa 2019 Conference at 14h00 on the 9th October at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.

His topic will be "Turning every school in South Africa into a centre of excellence within five years."

He will also chair panel discussions on the 9th and 10th October.

EduTECH Africa 2019 will be the biggest Edutech event in Africa during 2019.

 
BCF expanding into Africa
Written by Alan   

26th September 2019

BCF is currently registered as a charity/non-profit organisation in Ghana, South Africa, The Gambia and Zambia.

Within months registration in Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Tanzania will be completed.

Since foundation in 2010 principals, teachers and parents from schools attended by over 1.7 million children have attended BCF programmes.

BCF is on its way towards achieving its goal - by 2044 to have enabled a billion children to attend public (government) schools which operate as centres of excellence while being supported by committed informed parents.

 

 
BCF can turn public schools around district by district
Written by Alan   

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!!

2010

2011

2012

2013

2018

Percentage of learners gaining a basic matric pass

48%

61%

77%

90%

92%

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!!

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Sadly announcing the death of Andre Milne
Written by Alan   

27th August 2019

It is with great sadness that we report the untimely death of Andre Milne who was one of the first facilitators to join BCF. After Andre retired after spending his whole life in education in various teaching and leadership roles he immediately joined BCF and become a very enthusiastic and popular facilitator. We will miss his wisdom, expert advice and humour at our management meetings and his passion for training parents and principals.

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