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Latest News
Written by Alan   

13 July 2020.

 

Our latest news

 

  1. The Permanent Secretaries of Education in Gambia, Kenya, Uganda and Malawi are currently evaluating BCF proposals to turn every classroom and school in their countries into centres of excellence.

  2. BCF will complete the training of circuit managers (school inspectors) who are currently training 1,020  principals in the Limpopo province to turn their schools into centres of excellence as soon as C19 precautions allow. This programme sponsored by Worley Ltd will impact on the lives of one million learners over the next ten years. 

  3. BCF will complete delivery of our Win-Win Parenting Skills Programmes in Botswana and in the Langa township near Cape Town as soon as C19 precautions allow. This will impact on 2,000 families.

  4. Before C19 hit the USA we were discussing launching BCF programmes in three countries in Central and South America with the Inter American Development Bank..

  5. Thanks to interest on our investments and our low cost business model, BCF will emerge from the C19 crisis financially stronger than before it started

  6. The Billion Child Foundation entered its International Schools Centre of Excellence Programme to win the Innovation in Education category of the 2021 Commonwealth Education Awards. We believe BCF stands a reasonable chance of winning this award in view of BCF being, to the best of our knowledge, the first organisation in the world to develop a proven, scalable, replicable and sustainable programme capable of enabling the ministries of education of every country to reinvent every public classroom and school in their country to become a centre of excellence within 3-5 years. It has been rated as one of the most significant developments in global education over the past 50 years.
Not bad for a non-profit organisation which was established 10 years ago.

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BCF enters 2021 Commonwealth Education Awards
Written by Alan   

1 July 2020

The Billion Child Foundation entered its International Schools Centre of Excellence Programme to win the Innovation in Education category of the 2021 Commonwealth Education Awards.

The winners of each category will be invited to Kenya in 2021 to receive their awards and showcase their work at the Commonwealth Conference of Education Ministers. Their work will be profiled across the Commonwealth.

We believe BCF stands a reasonable chance of winning this award in view of BCF being, to the best of our knowledge, the first organisation in the world to develop a proven, scalable, replicable and sustainable programme capable of enabling the ministries of education of every country to reinvent every public school in their country to become a centre of excellence within 3-5 years.

Add to that the facts that the Programme:

  1. Is driven from the top by the Permanent Secretary of Education in each country
  2. Was funded by UNICEF in Lesotho which resulted in 61% more students graduating from previously under-performing schools
  3. 70% of students at South African schools whose principals had attended the Programme gained a university or technical university entrance matriculation pass in 2019.
  4. Has already enabled nearly 2 million students to attend schools which have or are currently in training to become centres of excellence.

 
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.

 
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