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The Big School Adventure
Written by Alan   

Wayne van der Wath entrepreneur extraordinaire and founder of Big School Enterprises launched "The Big school Adventure 2018" today.

His exciting and vibrant writing style which contains important information is fun to read.

It includes articles on:

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BCF CEO to speak at Eduweek Conference
Written by Alan   

27 April 2018

Our CEO Alan J Whitaker has been invited to make a presentation at Edweek Conference in Johannesburg on Saturday 16th June, 14:30 – 15:15.

His presentation is entitled "Why owners of Early Childhood Development Centres and teachers at public schools should present the BCF Win-Win Parenting Skills Programme to Parents"

He will demonstrate that the parents who attended workshops presented by teachers at 923 provincial schools in South Africa have learned

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Overloading of principals
Written by Alan   

12 April 2018

Commentary on an article which appeared in the Australian Teacher magazine entitled “Principal Health and Wellbeing” 10 April 2018 plus solutions offered by BCF

The article reports

1. Australian principals are on average working 60 hours a week with 11% working 70 hours a week.

2. ANU had reported beyond 32 hours a week for women and about 39 hours a week for men you start to see declines in health – particularly mental health

3. Demands placed on principals by departments of education are increasing. Accountability and administrative work is ramping up but without the adequate resources to match those demands.

Commentary by Alan J Whitaker CEO BCF on the overloading of principals

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Police call outs to family violence down 50% since BCF parent training
Written by Alan   

6 April 2018

The police commander of the Sasolburg district in South Africa reported that call outs to family violence in the township of Refengkgotso had declined by more than 50% since 2014/15.

During 2014/15 BCF trained of pastors from 74 congregations to present Win-Win Parenting Skills Programme in the Refengkgotso township in the Free State Province of South Africa.

Not only had pastors trained parents, but almost every Sunday and during visits to congregants homes they had also spoken of the importance of parents becoming leaders of harmonious families and that strong families would build a strong community.

BCF immediately commissioned a survey of 300 parents in Refengkgotso which revealed that parents have adopted the values discussed and parenting skills taught.

In their day to day lives parents had replaced family violence and verbal abuse with considered communication; dislike or contempt for their children with understanding and love; dysfunctional family life with loving family life.

For a copy of the report please contact our CEO This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

This community intervention was funded by SASOL.

 
Legitimised bullying must end
Written by Alan   

3 March 2018

Bullying, legitimised by the International Cricket Council, sets a woeful example to the millions of young boys and girls who watch TV and play cricket. It must stop!

 

Deliberately aiming a hard cricket ball weighing 5½ ounces or 156 grams at speeds up to 150 km per hour at the throat or head of a batsman is a gross intimidation or bullying.


In 2014 the Australian test cricketer Phillip Hughes was killed by a ball bowled at his head to intimidate him.


I call upon the MCC to amend Law 21.10 to read " The umpire shall call and signal No ball for any delivery which, after pitching, passes or would have passed above shoulder height of the striker standing upright at the popping crease."

 

Please join me in emailing the MCC at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   insisting that the Law 22.10 be amended as above. Please send a copy to the ICC at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Cricket should be a game of skill not intimidation and bullying.

Alan J Whitaker, CEO
 
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