BCF News & Articles
Restarting the SA Schools Centre of Excellence Programme
Written by Alan   

10 September 2020

BCF and the District Directors of Vhembe East and West and Capricorn North proudly announce the resumption of the roll out of the SA Schools Centre of Excellence Programme.

Starting immediately Circuit Managers will visit schools to monitor implementation of each school's centre of excellence strategic plan and of the management systems and leadership skills they learned when Circuit Managers trained them in March prior to the lockdown. During these visits Circuit Managers will coach principals experiencing problems with implementation.

The second round of training will begin in the last week of October or second week of November.

Circuit Managers with BCF Training Director Amos Ramakau during a break at the first workshop.

BCF commissioned to assist the Zambian Ministry of Education turn every school into a centre of excellence
Written by Alan   

3rd September 2020

BCF has been commissioned by the Zambia Ministry of General Education to assist them to transform every school in Zambia into a centre of excellence.

Over 4 million children who are currently at school in Zambia will benefit from the Programme as will millions more children in years to come.

Please join us in congratulating BCF Ambassador in Zambia Katongo Musukuma. His email address is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Yesterday we received our first donation from Amazon Smile
Written by Alan   

19 August 2020

Yesterday we received our first donation from Amazon. Thanks to Paul, Eva and everyone else for making their Amazon purchases using Amazon Smile.

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.

Proudly announcing three new BCF Ambassadors
Written by Alan   

5 August 2020

BCF is proud to announce the appointment of our new Ambassadors to Tanzania, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

From left to right Joel Boimanda (Tanzania), John Semphere (Malawi) and Absolom Mukonyo (Zimbabwe).

All three new BCF Ambassadors are in the process of negotiating for the launch of the International Schools Centre of Excellence Programme with the Permanent Secretaries of Education in their respective countries.

All three Ambassadors are well respected businessmen and all approached BCF wanting to play a role in turning education in their country into a great success story.

They have joined the ranks of the Great People who are members of the BCF team.

How a rather large traffic cop reduced himself to tears
Written by Alan   

29 July 2020

A couple of years ago I was driving back from Bloemfontein to Pretoria in South Africa which is a round trip of 10 hours. On the return journey 300 km north of Bloemfontein a rather large traffic policeman stopped me for travelling at 140 km/h.

I admitted I had exceeded the 120 km/h speed limit and climbed out.

We both leaned against the car and discussed the weather and sport while he worked around to the fact that a policeman's shoes don't last very long. Before he could ask for money for the shoes I said I wanted to show him why I had been to Bloemfontein.

In the boot was a contract signed that morning by Stanley Malope the Superintendent General of Free State Provincial Department of Education commissioning BCF to train an additional 108 principals to transform their schools to become centres of excellence.

The cop asked me if my name was Ellen. I asked why. He told me a wonderful story about his son. It was July and his son who was in Grade 12 wanted to drop out of school as he felt he was certain to fail to gain a university entrance matriculation during the year end examinations.

He said that someone called Ellen had been responsible for training the principal of the school his son attended and suddenly everything changed. The teachers began teaching. They started after school 'clinics' for those who needed extra lessons. The parents and community came on board. Cutting short the story he told me with tears running down his face, his son was now at university and had just completed his first year to become a land surveyor.

He told me to get back in my car and drive 23 km to the next Ultra City Services and to get the jockey to take the petrol out of my car and replace it with Red Bull as my car would go faster so that I could get home sooner. Not bad for the cop who had stopped me for speeding!  I am sharing the story with you to demonstrate what transforming a school into a centre of excellence means to children and parents. A very real chance to escape a life in poverty and ultimately enjoy a middle-class lifestyle.

To date BCF has trained over 2,000 principals to transform their schools into centres of excellence. Over 1.6 million learners at these schools have been the beneficiaries of the generosity of UNICEF, VVOB, Worley Ltd and many other Foundations and Trusts.

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