Our Programmes

THE BCF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION DISTRICTS CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE PROGRAMME

The Challenge to Global Education

Despite billions of dollars being invested in initiatives to improve educational outcomes, over a million public/community schools around the globe remain under-performers.

The global population is rapidly evolving into two worlds – those with education, jobs, money and a future for themselves and their children, and those with little education, no permanent job and no prospects. And these people are increasingly hungry and angry.

Urgent action is essential in every country to ensure every school becomes a centre of excellence.

We just don’t have time to turn around one school at a time.

We don’t even have time to turn around 20 or even 50 schools at a time.

The Solution

The BCF International Education Districts Centre of Excellence Programme (IEDCEP) has the technology, pedigree and a cost-effective pricing model which will enable the District Directors of each education district in every country to sustainably reinvent their district offices and all the schools in their district to become centres of excellence within 5 months at less than USD 914 per school. Entire education districts led by the District Director are trained by BCF facilitators to reinvent their district offices and every school in the districts to become centres of excellence.

Why this is an unconventional and creative approach

1. This Programme is (to the best of our knowledge) the first to offer a cost-effective solution to enable every district office and every school in every country become a centre of excellence.

2. Hundreds of schools in each district can be reinvented as centres of excellence with one intervention which is completed within 5 months.

3.   It has the capacity, pedigree and a cost-effective funding model to be viably and successfully adopted and rolled out in every country.

Impact of the technology

IEDCEP offers the biggest breakthrough in global education reform for decades with application in every country because:

1. IEDCEP will result in an immediate jump improvement in academic outcomes and significant annual improvement thereafter.

2. District Offices, instead of unilaterally developing policies and instructions designed to force compliance to specific norms and teaching methodologies aimed at improving results in all schools, will view each school management team and teachers at each school as having a unique set of challenges and consult and test policies and instructions to ensure they meet the goal of enabling each school to become a centre of excellence. This will ameliorate much frustration and aggravation.

3. Circuit Managers are at best regarded by school management and teachers with suspicion, but more often with hostility, become respected change leaders who share their passion and focus with school leadership and teachers for reinventing their schools to become centres of excellence.

Track Record

The predecessor of this Programme was the highly successful Schools Centre of Excellence Programme described below.

This Programme was first presented in Lesotho during 2015. BCF facilitators trained school inspectors to train and empower principals to reinvent 30 primary and 17 post-primary schools to become centres of excellence .

In the Report by the Lesotho Ministry of Education and Training to UNICEF, who initiated and funded the Programme, the Ministry reported:

1. The pass rate at under-performing schools (which in 2015 had achieved less than 80% pass rates) on average increased their pass rates by 54% in 2016 while the pass rate of control group of schools declined by 7% indicating an overall improvement of 61% compared to the control schools.

2. The Programme was a significant success.

3. The role of the Inspector changed from being a compliance officer to that of an Excellence Leader who empowers principals to reinvent their schools to become centres of excellence.

4 This Programme does not focus on academic outcomes, it focuses on changing the culture of each school to become a centre of excellence. The excellent results follow.

5. Principals acquired the skills to make progress on their journey to reinvent their schools to become centres of excellence and in so doing inspired the staff to improve the culture of effective teaching and effective learning.

6. The number of schools gaining 100% pass rates increased from 3 schools to 7 schools.

Objectives of the Programme

1. For every education district office and every school in every education district to be reinvented to become a centre of excellence.

2. For all district officials including the District Director, Circuit Manager, Cluster Leader, Principal, Deputy Principal, HODs, Academic Staff and Parents to understand that they are all members of one team working towards

a. The delivery of quality education at each school.

b. Reinventing each school to become a centre of excellence

c.  Ensuring that all stakeholders play an active role in delivering excellence in education

c. Creating pride at all levels of management and staff throughout each School, Cluster, Circuit and District.

3. Closure of the current (often hostile) gulf between District Officials and School Leadership and Academic Staff.

4. Effective leadership and delivery by all District Officials from the point of view of each school SMT and academic staff.

5. Every principal will be empowered by his/her Circuit Manager/Cluster Leader to reinvent his/her school as a centre of excellence.

THE BCF SCHOOLS CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE PROGRAMME

This Programme teaches principals of under-performing and adequately performing schools

  • How to reinvent their schools to become centres of excellence.
  • Inspire teachers, learners, parents and community leaders to work together to turn each school around to become great public schools with proud academic and social outcomes.

Principals attend four workshops over for four months. Implementation and fostering a culture of empowerment and collaboration are measured.

The Billion Child Foundation has agreements with the national, provincial or state departments of education to deliver these programmes providing they are fully funded by The Billion Child Foundation.

This Programme has succeeded in enabling principals to change the culture of their schools to become centres of excellence. Excellent academic results have followed.

121 high schools, whose principals had attended this Programme on average increased the percentage of learners gaining a Bachelor or Diploma matriculation pass which entitles them to attend university or technical university from 53% in 2015 to 70% in 2017. (Results provided by the South African Department of Basic Education)

Province

Year training conducted

No of high schools

% Learners gaining a Bachelor or Diploma matriculation pass

2015

2017

% increase

Free State

2011 - 16

77

58

74

28%

Gauteng

2015

20

56

67

20%

Northern Cape

2015

10

39

57

46%

Eastern Ccape

2015

14

28

44

57%

Total S Africa

121

53

70

32%

Primary school results achieved by learners in Years/Grades 5-7 in the Northern Cape were equally significant.

2014

2016

2017*

Mathematics

39.4%

59.3%

65.1%

English

53.7%

71.5%

86.6%

Promoted to next Grade

54.9%

70.2%

88.3%

Discover what Principals say about the amazing successes they have achieved - click here.

THE BCF PUBLIC SCHOOLS STRATEGIC PLANNING PROGRAMME

Hundreds of public school principals have developed robust strategic plans unique to the circumstances of each school.

Principals have

  • led their schools to become highly successful public schools
  • fostered a culture of empowerment and collaboration
  • improved marks in all grades
  • developed high performing teams throughout their schools
  • created a high performance culture at their schools
  • mobilised and built relationships between all stakeholders – SMT, teachers, learners, parents , SGB, community leaders
  • provided each learner with the opportunity to become a well-rounded individual who will succeed in the world
  • effectively developed the reputation and image of their school

Discover what Principals say about the amazing success they have achieved, click here.

THE BCF NATIONAL PARENTING SKILLS TRAINING PROGRAMME

This Programme is designed to train teachers,other professionals and church and community leaders how to conduct annual parenting skills training which they present in their local language. To date the Programme has been presented in six languages to over 200,000 parents.

Parents learn

  • How to raise their children with good values to become self-reliant successful adults
  • To appreciate the value and importance of their child completing his/her education
  • To understand the role they should play in their child's education,
  • To ensure their children go to school each day until they graduate from high school, do homework every day and study for examinations.

Each parent attends three two hour workshops every year from the birth of their first child until their children have left school.

BCF encourages each school to form a Community Parenting Forum to tackle community issues such as

  • Feeding children of child headed homes on every day of the week including during school holidays,
  • Tackling noise from shebeens which prevent children from doing homework or gaining sound sleep
  • Providing venues where children from homes without tables and child-headed families can do their homework under supervision
  • Working with local police to create a child-safe environment and secure their safety on the way to and from school.
  • Continually fostering the core values of respect and responsibility for both learners and adults in the community
  • Implementing and maintaining school, family and community partnerships designed to mobilise, guide, energise and inspire learners to produce their own academic and behavioural successes.

Discover what parents and teachers say about this programme - click for parents here. and click for teachers here

See teachers delivering this Programme - with passion Sesotho, isiXhosa and Afrikaans.

THE BCF ANGEL PARENTING PROGRAMME

BCF selects, trains and manages Angel Parents and Angel Children.

Angel Parents are parents who do not adopt street children or invite them to live in their homes but take a daily interest in the child, ensure they complete their homework and study for examinations and if any personal issue related to health, bullying, poor nutrition, drugs, gangs, etc. arises, step in as the adult in the relationship to involve the appropriate organisation (teacher, school, clinic, social welfare, etc.)

Having an Angel Parent has provided Angel Children with the self-confidence, self-reliance and back-up to complete their schooling and obtain meaningful  work which will ultimately lead to a proud middle-class life.

Some adults who were themselves ‘Angel Children’ are now ‘Angel Parents’.

This programme has been running since 2008.

THE BCF CIRCUIT MANAGER TRAINING PROGRAMME

This Programme teaches Circuit Managers the skills they need to provide professional and strategic leadership to the principals and school governing bodies of the schools which report to them.

THE BCF DISTRICT DIRECTOR AND DISTRICT OFFICE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

District Directors, management and personnel are trained to turn their district offices into centres of excellence.

THE BCF DISTRICT TEACHER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE MANAGER TRAINING PROGRAMME

This Programme provides ongoing coaching to enable District Teacher Development Centre Managers to reinvent their Centres at which teachers attend short-course training to upgrade their in-class teaching skills and knowledge as centres of excellence.

The Fezile Dabi District Teacher Development Centre Leadership
The Fezile Dabi District Teacher Development Centre Leadership Team during a coaching workshop conducted by BCF

THE BCF PROGRAMME TO INSPIRE LEARNERS TO SEIZE EDUCATION

Most principals of under-performing schools report their greatest challenge is the lack of self-motivation of the learners, that they sit through school because they have to, pay little attention to homework and cannot wait to escape at the end of the day to their after-school social activities.

BCF is currently developing this programme which makes no attempt to tell learners why they need an education but rather to discover for themselves why education is important to them personally.

It relies on 20 minute interventions every month which involve each learner in activities in which they ultimately discover for example that they will need mathematics to become an apprentice motor mechanic, English to gain a salary sufficient to buy the kind of car which they hope to drive when they leave school, etc.

THE BCF SCHOOLS SAFETY PLANNING AND EVACUATION PROGRAMME

BCF trains personnel from schools to develop their school’s unique school safety plan. During training evacuation of schools and school hostels is practiced.