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Turning a million schools into centres of excellence

Turning a million schools into centres of excellence

Turning a million schools into centres of excellence 150 150 The Billion Child Foundation

18th October 2018

Introducing the BCF programme capable of turning a million under-performing schools into centres of excellence

Despite billions of dollars being invested annually in initiatives to improve educational outcomes, many, if not the majority of public schools in many countries, stubbornly remain under-performers.

There are estimated to be over one million under-performing schools world-wide attended by 850 million students. At least half of the students in many countries will not complete their education – many barely able to read, write and count.

Our 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 jobs and no prospects. And these people are increasingly hungry, angry and mobile.

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.

We need to turn around tens, if nor hundreds, of thousands of schools each year.

We cannot afford one more year of dumping millions of young people into the ranks of the largely unemployable youth unemployed.

The BCF International Education Districts Centre of Excellence Programme provides a solution

Through this Programme BCF facilitators train officials of national ministries of education to:

  • Train and empower district directors and their management teams to reinvent their district offices to become centres of excellence. 

  • Simultaneously train circuit managers/school inspectors to:  

    • Train and empower principals and deputies to reinvent their schools to become centres of excellence.

    • Monitor circuit managers/school inspectors when they train principals and deputies to ensure accurate delivery of the Programme and to coach circuit managers/school inspectors where necessary.    

    • Visit schools between workshops to monitor implementation and where necessary to coach the circuit managers/school inspectors to ensure they fully develop the coaching and counselling skills they need to reinforce principals  as they lead their schools through this culture change intervention.

Through this Programme every country can own the capacity to turn the majority of their schools into centres of excellence.

When piloted in Lesotho, the Lesotho Ministry of Education and Training reported to UNICEF which funded the Programme that 61% more learners had graduated from previously under-performing primary schools compared to the control group of schools which were excluded from the Programme.

The full report by the Lesotho Ministry of Education and Training to UNICEF who funded the Programme is available upon request to alan@billionchild.org

BCF has already received requests to immediately launch the Programme in Ghana, Burkina Faso, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Botswana and South Africa. Sadly, these countries do not have the funds to launch the Programme.

You can help provide every child in the world with the opportunity to attend a school which operates as a centre of excellence, escape a life in poverty and ultimately enjoy a middle class life by

1. Forwarding this communication to international grant funding organisations and philanthropists.

2. Making a small donation at our website www.billionchild.org today.

3. Forwarding this communication to your friends and colleagues.


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