BCF News & Articles
Why teachers are overloaded
Written by Alan   

26 June 2020

The OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey conducted a survey of 260,000 teachers at 15,000 schools in 48 countries which revealed that teachers claim to spend 52% of their time preparing lessons and teaching. While one can understand time being invested in the other activities listed on the table below, it begs the questions whether head teachers/principals are overloading teachers and should ensure teachers are able to spend most of their time on preparing lessons effectively and teaching with passion?

With thanks to the Australian Teacher Magazine.

 
How to make a donation to BCF which won't cost you a cent
Written by Alan   

25 June 2020

When you shop at smile.amazon.com, 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.

 
Why BCF will still have every cent in the bank after C19
Written by Alan   

17 June 2020

Our business model differs significantly from most charities with their offices and salaried staff which absorb a relatively high percentage of donations before they fund any project.

BCF does not have offices or salaried staff. Since BCF was launched in 2010 everyone has worked from home and all our country managers, directors, facilitators and Eva McCann our enthusiastic social media marketing specialist are either volunteers or paid by the hour or day for the work they do.

All our facilitators are either retired people or have independent means and do not rely on BCF for a regular income.

With this business model we have been able to survive the lockdown with every cent of donor money still in our bank accounts. In fact BCF is better off financially than before the lockdown as interest on our investments has yielded a small return. As soon as regulations relax BCF will complete delivery of projects to benefit 660,000 children and students.

Perhaps other charities/non-profits should consider adapting elements of the BCF business model to increase the percentage of donations which reaches the intended recipient.

This also extends to private or public sector organisations.

 
The best good news story this year?
Written by Alan   

9 June 2020

As soon as lockdown regulations permit BCF will complete the training of 1,020 principals to turn their schools into centres of excellence. These schools, all in the north of the Limpopo Province of South Africa bordering on Zimbabwe and the Kruger National Park, are attended by over 600,000 learners. Most schools are situated in rural villages where poverty, unemployment and a breakdown of family life is endemic. The majority of children are raised by grandparents, carers or other children relying on state subsidies to feed and care for their families.

Despite the circumstances in which these schools operate, it is confidently expected that, within three years, over 70% of the learners at these schools who write the matriculation examination will obtain a university or technical university matriculation pass opening their way to attend university (which is free to the poor in SA), take up a meaningful apprenticeship or join an incompany training programme. Many of these young people will ultimately escape a life in poverty and proudly enjoy a middle-class lifestyle.

Every year a new cohort of 100,000 children will benefit by being able to attend a school which operates as a centre of excellence. This means that by 2024 over a million children will have benefited by being able to attend schools in Limpopo which operate as centres of excellence and ultimately have the opportunity to escape a life in poverty.

Perhaps, just as inspiring, is the fact that the investment made by Worley Ltd who sponsored this programme cost them only R2 or 10p per child/beneficiary.

 
What we are doing as we emerge from Lockdown
Written by Alan   

2 June 2020

We hope you found the articles we published over the past eight weeks to assist you, your friends and colleagues create a harmonious home get through the Lockdown useful.

If you missed some of them just scroll down.

Our management and facilitation teams have used the lockdown to radically review all our training materials. We believe we have made our workshops more relevant and impactful resulting in a higher rate of rapid implementation.

We are currently examining ways to present webinars to train people all over the world how to conduct our Win-Win Parenting Skills Programme for parents living in their communities either by webinar or when workshops are permitted face to face. This should appeal in particular to religious and community leaders.  If you know anyone who might wish to train parents in their community please contact me This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Our Country Managers in Gambia and Malawi both report progress in discussions with a view to launching the International Schools Centres of Excellence Programme in their countries.

As soon as the law permits we will complete the training of 1,020 principals in the Limpopo province of South Africa to turn their schools into centres of excellence, and the training or 167 pastors and teachers to train parents in parenting skills in Botswana and South Africa who are expected to train approximately 6,500 parents.

 
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