BCF News & Articles
Profile on Dr Fannie Sebolela D Litt– Director of the Billion Child Foundation South Africa
Written by Alan   

11 November 2020

Few people rise from being a gardener to being featured on CNN, become a director of the Billion Child Foundation and Executive Director of a celebrated school.

Born into poverty, Fannie refused to drop out of school when his family could no longer afford to pay and instead became a part-time gardener to subsidise his schooling. This determination to obtain an education culminated in him being awarded a doctorate for compiling the first Setswana-English dictionary.

Initially as a teacher and later as a school principal he inspired tens of thousands of pupils not to drop out of school but to work hard to obtain an excellent education. Many young people who attended the schools which he led have been among the top performing matriculants in South Africa for several years.

Fannie is an inspiration to all who meet him. But don’t get the wrong idea. He does not spend his life preaching inspirational messages. That is not Fannie! He spends every waking moment working on his mission which is to ensure each child is able to attend a school which operates as a centre of excellence at which they not only receive excellent education but enjoy every opportunity to become a well-rounded individual who will succeed in the future.

Not only was he featured on CNN, but he is the winner of numerous awards, initially as a teacher but later as a principal winning national awards as principal of the year.

When Dr Fannie took over leadership of Khensani Primary School it was an ailing and run-down school

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Alan invited to join SA Society for Animals in Distress
Written by Alan   

30 October 2020

Alan J Whitaker, the Chairman of BCF Botswana, Côte d'Ivoire DRC, Ghana, Gambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe and CEO of BCF UK and South Africa has been invited to join the Executive Committee of the South African Society for Animals in Distress.

SAID provides indigent communities with door to door affordable and accessible veterinary care while simultaneously educating owners.

SAID is a multi-practice that serves companion animals, stock and equine. Their equine services sustain the health and welfare of the animals used for the cartage and delivery of coal in areas where such practices are ongoing.

The small animal hospital provides tens of thousands of treatments every year to indigent communities, while the Society's youth mentorship programme for postgraduate para-veterinarians ensures that they can sustainably capacitate their services and compliment the wider veterinary and welfare community.

BCF is proud that this prestigious organisation has invited Alan to join their leadership team.


 
Transforming the lives of millions of children through high quality education at government schools
Written by Alan   

22 October 2020

BCF proudly announces that it is making steady progress towards transforming government schools into centres of excellence.

Our goal is by 2044 to have enabled over a billion children to attend schools which operate as centres of excellence.

During 2020 BCF appointed Ambassadors in Botswana, DRC, Ghana, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This has proven to be a winning strategic shift.

BCF Ambassadors are tasked with approaching Ministers of Education or their Permanent Secretaries of their countries to persuade them to seek funding from international donor organisations to launch BCF programmes to transform every school in their countries to become centres of excellence.

To date BCF has presented an MOU to Uganda and is about to do the same Zambia following receipt of an Expression of Interest from their government. The BCF Ambassadors of Malawi, Tanzania and Botswana have presented proposals to their respective governments and our Ambassador in Mozambique hopes to meet the Minister of Education tomorrow or next week.

On the 9th of February, training of 1,020 head teachers/principals of schools in South Africa will resume.

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BCF Uganda team meets officials of the Uganda Ministry of Education and Sports 16 October 2020

 
BCF may empower over 5 million children to attend schools which operate as centres of excellence by 2022
Written by Alan   

17 September 2020

Our goal is, by 2044, to have empowered a billion children to attend government schools which operate as centres of excellence while being supported by a committed informed parent.

We are we well on track as BCF has already trained principals, teachers and parents of schools attended by over 2 million children.and if funding is provided for BCF to assist the Ministry of General Education in Zambia to transform every school into a centre of excellence, this will increase to 5 million before the end of 2022.
 
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.

 
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