BCF News & Articles
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.

 
Creating Harmony in Your Home - Suggestion No 8 - The Countdown Technique
Written by Alan   

28 May 2020

Imagine you have had a hard day at the office and have just curled up on the couch to read a book or watch your favourite soap or football game. You are just getting into it when someone picks you up and drags you into the kitchen to wash the dishes without even asking you. You would probably be outraged. You might even have a tantrum. Same with little people. They are busy people playing a game on the floor and you swoop on them without warning and take them to bed, or tell them to put away their toys immediately and get dressed to go out. No wonder they have a tantrum.

By using the Countdown Technique you are able to very respectfully tell them that in, say, 15 minutes it will be bedtime, or in 15 minutes you will be going out and they will need to put their toys away and be ready to go out.

The steps are

1. Give the children a specific time e.g. 15 minutes to finish what they are doing, put their toys away and get dressed ready to go out, come to table to eat, or before they must go to bed, etc.

2. Place a clock where they can see it.

3. As the countdown proceeds tell them every few minutes how much time is left.

Children need to mentally prepare themselves for change.

Try to remember to keep all your interactions with your children respectful. Respect and love has to be earned - even from the little people.

 
Each child must bring their own mug
Written by Alan   

28 May 2020

When I was at school if you wanted to drink water you went to the bathroom, bent over the basin and 'drank from the tap'.

Little could spread the Covid 19 virus faster.

I appeal to every ministry of education and every school principal to insist that every child brings their own mug or cup to school to drink from.

 
Here comes the post C19 change
Written by Alan   

28 May 2020

As schools are about to reopen one can anticipate that some students will be glad to get back to school to escape nagging parents while others, especially teenagers, will resent the need for conformity and discipline. They possibly have become used to rising at 11am and doing most of their schooling at night when they are at their best.

This leads me to contemplate the opportunities for schools and offices to do things differently.

Perhaps schools could offer students who thrive on home learning the opportunity of attending school for a few hours around mid-day and provide them with 2-3 hours self tuition work either online or by providing school materials which they can take home. This would not be suitable for all students as many will do better through a formal school day either because of preference, lack of self-discipline, or that there are no facilities at home where they can sit at a desk in a quiet room and work. (Millions of children share a one or two room home with parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters.)

This does however offer schools the opportunity to consider shortening the school day to perhaps 3-4 hours per day for students who prove through performance that they can adequately work at home. This would allow schools to conduct two shifts a day where some students attend the early shift and others the second shift allowing smaller classes and more individualised tuition.

The same applies to office workers who commute two hours a day and shop and bank at lunch time or on the way home. Some may prefer to work at home in hours which suit them and their family better. Perhaps some of these workers may be required to attend meetings at the office once a week or perhaps work at the office a few hours a week.

However it happens, the change will come, possibly very soon.

 
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