A case study from the Bodibe Village in North West
In 2009 the Adopt-a-School Foundation together with Lafarge Education Trust started working in all the schools in the Bodibe village in the North West Province. Through the Whole School Development approach, significant and, more importantly, sustainable improvements have been made, not only in the schools but in the community as a whole.
The process involves the coordination of a number of key stakeholders
Key stakeholders include:
- Adopt-a-School Foundation and Shanduka Foundation
- Lafarge Education Trust and Lafarge South Africa.
- The Bodibe community which includes: the royal family, the 11 school communities (learners, educators, parents, and school management).
- North West Department of Education and relating district authorities.
Overcoming Challenges in the Community
Bodibe was a divided community, with a lack of distinct leadership which led to conflicts of power. The community was crippled by unemployment and poverty and there was a distinct mistrust of the motives of Lafarge and Adopt-a-School.
School Community Development
- The building of a Grade R Facility, three science laboratories, a library and an administration block.
- Language and Literacy Programmes for Grade 1 – 3 learners in all primary schools.
- Strategic planning for all schools.
- Library training, coaching and mentoring in four schools.
- Science and Maths educator training.
- Remedial training for learners in two schools.
Mobilising Other Stakeholders
- Successful collaboration with a variety of other stakeholders has provided opportunities for further interventions.
- Old Mutual: Contributed R50 000 for the visual support programme.
- Dreamfields: School Soccer League.
- Colgate: Dental Hygiene Project in 2011.
- Avusa Partnership: Potential training on newspapers as a teaching and learning tool.
- Biblionef: Donation of books.
- Infinite Family: Mentorship and Coaching Programme for learners.
- Bridge: Coaching and mentorship for principals.
- Lafarge Community Trust: Annual Community Awards Programme.
- Department of Health: Healthcare support.
Our Impact: Transforming Bodibe
- Improved infrastructure.
- Environmental awareness.
- Improvement in attitude towards education.
- Passionate leadership.
- Punctuality and improved attendance and general discipline.
- Participation in extra mural and sport activities.
- Motivated teachers.
- Boosted self esteem of learners.
- Improved academic matric results (38% in 2008 to 96% in 2011).
- Bodibe has become one of the top performing districts in the province.
Schools are Empowered and Now Conduct Their Own Interventions
- SGB has renovated a block of classrooms at one school.
- Parents volunteer in vegetable gardens in all 11 schools.
- Afternoon and holiday classes for grade 11 and 12s.
- Improved SMT tools and systems for teaching and learning.
- Soccer committee to support sport.
- SGB Forum to voice concerns and interests.
- Improved school surroundings.
- Peer to Peer Coaching.