BCF News & Articles
Launch of the SA Schools Centre of Excellence Programme in Limpopo
Written by Alan   

6 March 2020

Circuit Managers in the Limpopo province of South Africa who attended the first workshop of a six month training programme to turn their schools into centres of excellence role playing remotivating and redirecting a deputy principal who has become demotivated due to being overlooked for promotion.

27 Circuit Managers attended the workshop. They enjoyed the participation of the Superintendent General of the Limpopo Department of Education who fully participated in the workshop for an entire day.

This programme will provide principals of 400 schools with the tools and strategies to reinvent their schools to become centres of excellence.

 
Meet our new Ambassador in Botswana
Written by Alan   

14th February 2020

BCF proudly announces that it has appointed Kabelo Tabona as its Ambassador in Botswana.

He is a humanitarian and philanthropist. His past fundraising efforts have included the donation of 100 blankets, hats, walking sticks for the elderly and food hampers for the needy. Recently he sponsored a lunch for 3,000 people in South Africa. He has long sought a home for his passion and talents and has found his home in the Billion Child Foundation family.

 
Proudly announcing the launch of our first programme in Botswana
Written by Alan   

14th February 2020

We join BCFs newly appointed Ambassador in Botswana, Kabelo Tabona in proudly announcing our first programme in Botswana.

On the 23rd March BCF will launch its first programme to train 25 facilitators to conduct parenting skills training at schools and churches.

Parents attending the programme will learn how to raise their children to become respectful, confident self-reliant individuals.

Parents also learn of the critical role they need to play in daily reading, creating a stimulating home environment and ensuring homework is appropriately completed each day.

This Programme should initially enable the training of 625 parents benefitting nearly 2,000 children.

 
Announcing a huge programme in Limpopo
Written by Alan   

3 February 2020.

Worley Ltd and BCF proudly announce the launch of a new programme which will see the training of principals of 220 schools in the Vhembe and Capricorn districts of the Limpopo province.

This programme will not only benefit the 150,000 learners who currently attend these schools but all the children who will attend these schools for years to come. Once a school has become a centre of excellence it usually increases its academic excellence and results year after year as is borne out by schools which attended in the Eastern and Northern Cape Provinces of South Africa.

After training principals in the Eastern and Northern Cape Provinces in South Africa in 2015 matriculation results at the secondary schools trained have increased annually as is demonstrated below

Province

2015

2019

 

Percent learners gaining a NSC

Percent learners gaining a Bachelor or Diploma

Percent learners gaining a NSC

Percent learners gaining a Bachelor or Diploma

Northern Cape (John Taolo Gaetsewe District)

58

39

81

63

Eastern Cape

46

28

71

52

Bachelor and Diploma matriculation passes in South Africa entitle entrance to university and technical university respectively. The National Senior Certificate is a basic matriculation certificate.

Worley Ltd South Africa is a leading global provider of project and asset services in the energy, chemical and resources sectors. It is currently developing a diamond mine for De Beers in the LImpopo and selected this BCF programme in order to make a major impact on the upliftment of local communities.

 
Fezile Dabi top education district for three years in a row
Written by Alan   

30th January 2020

In 2010 Fezile Dabi was a very average rural education district in the Free State Province of South Africa with only 48% of its learners gaining a basic matriculation school leavers pass at its under-performing schools.

In January 2020 the National Minister of Basic Education announced that Fezile Dabi was the top performing education district in South Africa in the 2019 matric exams.

91% of learners at previously under-performing schools in Fezile Dabi obtained a basic matriculation pass. More importantly, 80% of the learners who sat the exam obtained university or technical university pass. THIS IS A BIG DEAL!!

2010

2011

2012

2019

Percentage of learners gaining a basic matriculation (school leavers) pass

48%

61%

77%

91%

Percentage of learners gaining a university or technical university entrance pass

n/a*

n/a*

n/a*

80%

* The Department of Basic Education did not publish this data till 2015.

Fezile Dabi is a rural education district with only two large towns. The majority of its schools are situated in rural villages at least 50 km apart. And yet Fezile Dabi has, for three consecutive years out-performed education districts in Johannesburg and Cape Town with their many well-resourced public schools which enjoy a tradition of gaining excellent results!

A miracle!! How did Fezile Dabi become the top performing education district in the nation three years in a row?

In 2011/12 principals of all the under-performing schools in Fezile Dabi attended the SA Education Districts Centre of Excellence Programme which is a BCF culture change programme designed to turn every school in an education district into a centre of excellence. IT WORKS!!

BCF does not claim it was the sole contributor to the impressive gains made in Fezile Dabi but that it:

1. Provided the catalyst which kick-started the sustainable improvements at each school.

2. Empowered each principal to establish a high-performance culture which enabled every school in the district to journey towards becoming a centre of excellence.

Once a school has become a centre of excellence, or is well on its way to doing so, principals come and go but the teachers and managers keep the vibrant culture of effective teaching and effective learning alive.

 
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