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The BC Newsletter, Vol 5, Issue 2, September 2017

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Vol 5, Issue 2, September 2017

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Welcome to the second edition of 2017!

The year has flown by and yet we have been very productive. There are many new developments to share in this end-of-year edition.

We are pleased to give you some hot-off-the-press news about a potential rollout of  Basic Concepts Programme in the Northern Cape. In this edition we trace the history of our work in the Northern Cape and Namaqua District from 2006 to the present day.

We share reflections of a student intern from Stanford University about her experience as a BCP mediator at a school on the Cape Flats. International interest in the BCP has grown - We invite readers from outside South Africa who are interested in the programme to contact us.

In this edition we also have a summary of the some of the main courses we have run during the year and news about forthcoming events.

Basic Concepts Unlimited has reached a new stage in its development as we ready ourselves to start training trainers of the programme in December 2017.

Don't forget to like our new Facebook page.

Warm regards,
Louis Benjamin.

Rollout of Basic Concepts in the Northern Cape

Basic Concepts Unlimited is in the process of negotiating a significant rollout of the approach in the Northern Cape.

The Northern Cape Department of Education has expressed an interest in extending the programme to all five districts of the province. The new project aims to reach 350 practitioners in the Northern Cape over a period of 6 years.

This extension of the project is an outcome of our work in the Namaqua District over the past 11 years. See article below for an overview of our work in the district.

Read more about the proposed project.

History of Basic Concepts in the Namaqua District

The first pilot project was commissioned by RNET (Rural Namaqualand Educational Trust) and run in the Kamiesberg municipality from 2006 to 2009. The project was run in 4 primary schools and 3 ECD sites. The outcomes of this project were so positive that the local officials requested to extend the project. Read more about this project.

In the first phase (2010-2012) the project was extended to other Grade R teachers in the district. 40 teachers from two clusters of the district  were trained.The outcomes of this project again made an impression on the officials in the district. Read more about this project.

In the second phase (2016-2017) the project was extended to the rest of the Grade R teachers in the district as well as to 12 ECD officials in the province. 30 teachers from across the district are currently being trained. The project is still in process and progressing very well. Data on the outcomes still need to be gathered. Read more about this project.

Basic Concepts Around the World

The Basic Concepts Programme has an international footprint. There has been interest in our work from several countries around the world.e.g.
  • India
  • Netherlands
  • Ghana
  • Australia
  • Finland
  • U.S.A.
  • Zimbabwe
We are aware that the programme is used in several of these countries.

Since the introduction of the Basic Concepts Online Course we have seen a marked increase in the interest in the BCP internationally.

We encourage you to share your interest/experiences with us. Click here to share.

Stanford Intern Makes a Difference at Blomvlei Primary

Rachel Thomson interned with Basic Concepts Unlimited at Blomvlei Primary for a period of six weeks. The student made a positive contribution to Basic Concepts Unlimited during the time she was in Cape Town, however it was Rachel's  reflections about her experience at Blomvlei Primary that added the most valuable insights into the work we are doing in such schools.

Rachel's article 'Slowing Down and Becoming More Perceptive' sketches her journey from USA to SA and her encounters with children from the gang epicenter of Cape Town.

Click here to read the article.
 

Summary of BCP Courses 2017

The following BCP courses have been run thus far this year:-

Upcoming Events

 
Basic Concepts Training of Trainers:
Join the first training of trainers!

This is an unique opportunity for anyone who is interested in becoming a trainer of the programme either in your private capacity or for Basic Concepts Unlimited.

Click here for more information.
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