BCF News & Articles
Every country should train all its principals to transform their schools into cenres of excellence
Written by Alan   

16 February 2021

In a book entitled Driving School Improvement: A practical guide written by Pamela Macklin and Vic Zbar the authors state "A lot of time has been spent in Australia talking about what needs doing in schools at a time when leaders know what they have to do. They all appreciate, to use the jargon, the need to 'raise the bar and narrow the gap'. The challenge is less the 'what ' than the 'how'. How to consistently implement the key strategies the school has chosen to adopt in ways that are sustainable through time."

We could not agree more.

Since 2011 through its International Schools Centre of Excellence Programme the Billion Child Foundation has trained hundreds of principals to develop strategies, leadership skills and management systems to transform the culture of their schools into centres of excellence. Over 94% of the principals have seen academic outcomes rocket to reach levels achieved by the best government schools in their countries. It is the HOW which enables sustainable change at each school. The majority of these schools are situated in rural areas with indigenous populations.

Whereas the authors report on efforts of individual principals, or clusters of schools working together, BCF contracts with national, state or provincial ministries of education to train their school inspectors/circuit managers to train every principal in their respective countries, states or provinces to transform all their schools into centres of excellence. Every country needs to train every principal of its under-performing schools how to change the school culture to ensure every child has the opportunity to obtain an excellent education at a school which operates as a centre of excellence and enjoys a high-performance culture.

This book is featured in this week's edition of the Australian Teacher magazine.

 
Who says there are no solutions to family and gender based violence?
Written by Alan   

11 February 2021

TV and radio stations all over the world regularly hold talk shows about the pandemic of family and gender-based violence. I have never heard a programme which does not end with a conclusion that little or nothing can be done.

RUBBISH!

The SAPS commander in Sasolburg, an industrial city in South Africa reported that callouts to family violence in Refengkgotso - a rural town in the Free State Province - declined by more than 50% for more than two years after 73 religious leaders had trained thousands of parents in practical parenting skills.

These religious leaders not only trained parents living in and around their churches. They visited each home regularly to coach parents facing challenges in implementing the practical parenting skills they had taught the parents and preached family values at church on most Sundays.

Life in Refengkgotso is tough. Over 75% of adults are unemployed. Gangsterism and substance abuse are rife. Educational outcomes are low with many students dropping out of school and there are high levels of teenage and pre-teenage pregnancy. Many people are perpetually angry and feel they have been abandoned by the government and society. There couldn't be a worse place to expect parents to transform their parenting, to stop physical, mental and emotional abuse and replace these abhorrent and destructive habits with 21st century cutting edge practical parenting skills, and to walk the talk.

Why not make a difference. Contact me today. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    We can train you to train people in your community in practical parenting skills which will transform family and gender-based violence.

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Training facilitators to present the Win-Win Parenting Skills Programme in Diepsloot -one of the world's most dangerous townships.

 
Dr Mishack Molope appointed BCF Ambassador in South Africa
Written by Alan   

29 January 2021

Dr Mishack Molope has joined the BCF family of Ambassadors.

After completing his PHD in soil science he rose from the position of field soil scientist to hold senior positions at the Agriculture Research Council. During this time he developed a significant reputation throughout the world as he worked on World Bank-CIGAR, UN-FAO and other international projects.

He recently retired as General Manager: Stakeholder Relations, Sedibelo Platinum Mines. He enjoys excellent relationships with mining houses in South Africa and has stated a desire to ensure children living in education districts in proximity to mines should attend government schools which operate as centres of excellence while being supported by a committed, informed parent.

We wish him a long and highly rewarding experience with BCF.

 

 
Nothing stops bullets, famine and ignorance like education
Written by Alan   

14 January 2021

BCF begins 2021 in great shape to transform education, parenting and family life throughout the world.

Five countries (Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, The Gambia and Uganda) are currently studying MOUs which they requested BCF to develop which will lead to BCF training their Ministries of Education to transform every government school in their countries into centres of excellence. BCF will also capacitate these Ministries of Education to launch programmes to provide parents with practical parenting skills at every school.

We confidently anticipate that these programmes will significantly improve academic outcomes and radically reduce family and gender-based violence in each participating country.

This is a big deal.

Over 70% of students at government schools in South Africa mostly in rural areas or townships which attended the International Schools Centre of Excellence Programme gained a university or technical university matriculation pass in 2019.

In addition, BCF is currently in discussions which might lead to the launch of the above programmes in Australia, countries in Central and South America and six other African countries post Covid 19.

 
Best wishes this Festive Season
Written by Alan   

14 December 2020

Best wishes for an enjoyable Festive Season and a healthy enjoyable and productive 2021 to you and your family from the eleven BCF Ambassadors throughout Africa, our leadership and communications team in the UK, Uganda and South Africa.

 
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