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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.

 
You have the potential to become a Great Person
Written by Alan   

21st July 2020

Every baby is born with 100 million neurons. We were all born equal. And we were all born with the potential to be Great.

It doesn't matter where you were born, whether you went to a great school, not even whether you succeeded at school. You still have the potential to be Great.

We all have different aptitudes and experiences but when you begin to work to improve the lives of others, initially in your spare time, you start your journey to become Great.

Most Great People will never be celebrated by their fellow countrymen and women. Life's like that. But they are rewarded every now and again with miracles which amaze them. What reward could be a greater?

All BCF Country Managers who work to deliver BCF programmes in their home countries are Great People.

Meet our team of Great People - all volunteers - all committed to ensuring every child is able to attend a public school which operates as a centre of excellence while being supported by a committed informed parent.

Victor Ogundipe - BCF Director West Africa and Country Manager in Ghana

Sally Kim - BCF Director East Africa

Marie Chantal - BCF Country Representative - Cotê d Ivoire

Mohamed Turay - BCF Country Representative - The Gambia

Katongo Musukuma - BCF Country Manager - Zambia

Kabelo Tabona - BCF Country Manager - Botswana

Samuel Odoi - BCF Country Representative - Uganda

Eva McCann - BCF Social Media Coordinator

There are a billion ways in which you can become a Great Person. Why not consider training parents to become confident parents or fundraising for BCF.

Nothing stops bullets, famine and ignorance like education and informed committed parenting.

 
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.

If you would like further information on BCF or to discuss launching the International Schools Centre of Excellence Programme or our Win-Win Parenting Skills Programme in any district, province or country, please  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
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.

 
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