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BCF has the silver bullet to enable Ministries of Education in every country to turn every one of their schools into a centre of excellence
Written by Alan   

17 January 2020

It is estimated that there are over one million under-performing schools attended by over 850,000,000 children.

In South Africa where BCF has been conducting the Schools Centre of Excellence Training Programme for principals of previously under-performing schools for the Free State Department of Education since 2011, 90% of learners from previously under-performing schools gained a matriculation pass in 2019.

More importantly 74% of learners gained a university or technical university entrance matriculation pass.  THIS IS A BIG DEAL as it provides proof that these schools are well on their way to become centres of excellence.

For the third year in a row the Free State Province has been announced by the Minister of Basic Education to be the top performing province in South Africa.

It is possible to turn around public school education in every country

When principals engage teachers, learners, parents and the entire community, things change. This is one of the eight hallmarks of a school operating as a centre of excellence.

The Billion Child Foundation is currently in discussions to launch this Programme in fifteen countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Central and South America.

If you would like more information on these results, the International Schools Centre of Excellence Programme or to discuss assisting the Billion Child Foundation in any capacity please don't hesitate to contact me. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Amazing results achieved by schools trained by BCF
Written by Alan   

10 January 2020

On Wednesday the 2019 matriculation results were released in South Africa.

Previously under-performing public schools whose principals had attended the SA Schools Centre of Excellence Programme achieved as follows:

52% of schools enjoyed over 70% of their learners gaining a Bachelor or Diploma pass. (In South Africa a Bachelors pass enables university admission and a Diploma pass provides admission to a technical university). This is a big deal!

51% of the schools enjoyed over 90% of learners gaining a National Senior Certificate (NSC) pass.  This is also a significant achievement.

12% of the schools enjoyed 100% of their learners gaining a NSC pass.  Another big deal!

In the Free State Province 90% of learners gained a NSC while 74% of those who wrote obtained a Bachelor or Diploma pass.

Learners in the Northern and Eastern Cape provinces also achieved significantly higher results.

The percentage of learners gaining a NSC and a Bachelor or Diploma pass in the Eastern and Northern Cape Provinces increased dramatically.





Percent learners gaining a NSC

Percent learners gaining a Bachelor or Diploma

Percent learners gaining a NSC

Percent learners gaining a Bachelor or Diploma

Northern Cape (John Taolo Gaetsewe District)





Eastern Cape





The above achievements deserve immense praise as 96% of the schools trained in the Free State, Northern Cape and Eastern Cape are situated in rural areas or townships.

Seasons Greetings
Written by Alan   

10 December 2019


Season's greetings from the Billion Child Foundation team throughout Africa and in the United Kingdom. We wish you and your loved ones a happy and safe Christmas and New Year.

We would also like to thank you for all of your support this year – for your donations and for contributing stories of the successes you have achieved as parents, teachers and principals and your ideas for articles, for subscribing to receive our weekly news bulletins either via FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn or directly from our website and for following and engaging with our social media channels,

We also hope that you have the opportunity to recharge and enjoy your well-deserved break.

Help a million children get a great education and escape poverty
Written by Alan   

2 December 2019

Bette Midler sang

You've got to give a little, take a little,
and let your poor heart break a little.
That's the story of, that's the glory of love.

We all want to love and be loved, to be respected and we all hope for a better future.

But when you realise there a over one hundred million children attending schools around the world where the teachers just don't care, where the kids themselves figure out that school is a waste of time and dropout - many even in primary school, and that these children and young people are condemned to a life where they will probably never get a permanent job but raise families, cause that's what people do, and they and their children will live in abject poverty with no prospects and no hope.

But it does not have to be like that.

The Goal of the Billion Child Foundation is, by 2044, to have enabled a billion children, mainly in developing countries, to attend schools which operate as centres of excellence.

The Billion Child Foundation has already trained principals and teachers from schools attended by over 2 million children how to turn their schools into centres of excellence. Over 86% of learners at schools whose principals BCF had trained who wrote the matriculation examination passed but far more importantly 68% obtained a university or technical university matriculation pass!!  These schools have turned into centres of excellence.  And most are in the most rural areas where unemployment, gangs, violence of all types, teenage and pre-teenage pregnancy and substance abuse if rife!!  It can be done.

I am going to ask you to play a role in permanently changing the lives of millions of children by clicking here and making your donation.

One GBP / 1.30 USD or R19.50 will enable BCF to provide 3 children with the opportunity of attending schools which operate as centres of excellence in countries around the world. Please consider making a small monthly or annual donation. You can do that by clicking here

BCF currently operates in 3 African countries - South Africa, Ghana and Lesotho but will, with your donations, expand to 11 developing countries next year. Their Ministries of Education have requested BCF to help them. Now I am asking you to help the millions of children currently in their schools.

If you have not yet clicked to change the lives of millions of children, please click here

A last minute change scores BIG!
Written by Alan   

15 November 2019

Last Monday I was supposed to address the Customer Engagement Summit 2019 in London on the topic of winning and retaining corporate donor organisations.

While reviewing the programme of speakers the previous weekend I realised all the speakers, myself included, were talking about their achievements in enagaging customers, clients or patients.

Rather than be one of many, I decided to throw away my presentation and develop a completely new one focusing on providing the attendees with hard practical skills they could take home and implement immediately personnally or by training their colleagues, including call centre personnel.

Much of the material I presented was from our Schools Centre of Excellence Programme where we train school inspectors to train and empower the principals who report to them to turn their schools into centres of excellence. Examples provided to conference attendees included the Four Steps of Listening and the Four Steps of Praising. How to identify the customer personalities over the phone or face to face in order to provide each customer with an answer set out in the format which they will easily respond to.

The presentation was a great success. I'm glad I was able to help so many people.

If anyone would like a copy of the PowerPoint presentation or to discuss my presentation please email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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