The BC Newsletter, Vol 1, Jan 2013
Basic Concepts



Issue 1, January 2013

be informed, updated, and inspired

Welcome to the first edition of The BC Newsletter! 2012 was an exciting year and we now look forward to 2013!

There have been many developments including our new website with cutting edge features that will bring Basic Concepts to life.

In this edition read about the latest results and evaluations from the Namaqualand project.
It is always heartening to receive acknowledgement: In an excerpt from her article about the achievements of the Hantam Community Education Trust, Rhoda Kadalie acknowledges the contribution of the BCP.

We encourage you to let others know about this newsletter.  Please get your colleagues and other Basic Concepts Mediators to register for the BC Newsletter.

Look out for the interactive Practitioner Zone for mediators, mentors and trainers of the BCP which will be ready later in 2013.  We will keep you posted about the Zone in the next edition of the BC Newsletter. 

We also encourage practitioners to share their stories and experiences in each edition of the BC Newsletter (click here if you would like to share your experience).

Enjoy the read.


24 August, UCT, Cape Town

A variety of sessions will inspire, inform and keep delegates abreast of recent developments from the field and new research.

The BCP Expo Day aims to showcase work of mediators from across the country and further afield.

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Executive Function: Skills for Life and Learning

Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University

Research on the developing brain shows us that early childhood experiences build the foundation for a skilled workforce, a responsible community, and a thriving economy. A new evidence base has identified a set of skills that are essential for school achievement, for the preparation and adaptability of our future workforce, and for avoiding a wide range of population health problems.

Being able to focus, hold, and work with information in mind, filter distractions, and switch gears is like having an air traffic control system at a busy airport to manage the arrivals and departures of dozens of planes on multiple runways. In the brain, this air traffic control mechanism is called executive functioning, a group of skills that helps us to focus on multiple streams of information at the same time, and revise plans as necessary.

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Ikwezi: Final project evaluation

 'All teachers interviewed reported that the BCP programme brought understanding, knowledge and skill in terms of mathematical concepts and the teaching of mathematics, especially to learners who struggle.'

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Rhoda Kadalie Speaks About The BCP

Oxford in the Karoo

'When it comes to education, rural kids suffer enormous deficits with under-qualified teachers, inadequate classrooms and relevant curricula.

'The Department of Education’s policy of spending six weeks in Grade One  on basic concepts was not enough.

'In response, education specialist Louis Benjamin developed a basic concepts programme, which teaches the conceptual foundation children need to succeed at school.  Hantam students are now only one year behind the standard, despite being taught in English from Grade One.'

Read the full story.

Namaqua Project: Evaluation of Learners

New Project Results Released: Namaqualand

The final results were gathered from Grade 1 learners in 9 randomly selected schools out of 23 project schools (n=181).

The learners who participated in the BCP in Grade R in 2011 were tested at the end of Grade 1 in 2012.  These results were compared with those of the baseline sample  of learners (n=220) who were in Grade 1 at the same schools in 2010.

Based on the project results it was found that 54% of the intervention learners were functioning on the level of an average to high performing Grade 1 learner in South Africa. This was in contrast to the baseline group where only 20% of the learners were functioning on this level.

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Making It Easier to Fund a BCP Project

With a click of your mouse you can gain access to virtual BCP Projects that are ready to be implemented. The virtual projects immediately give a ground floor view of the proposed project.

This feature allows the potential funder an opportunity to explore proposed projects in their own time and to make further inquiries. A range of relevant project information is provided including budgets, time frames, activities, and relevant supporting documents.

Basic Concepts Unlimited is particularly interested in securing funding for projects in areas where we already have well-established partnerships and results that have been verified over years.

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