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Programmes for 2017: Youth Development Intervention

25 May 2017
Programmes for 2017: Youth Development Intervention

The program is being supported and funded by the annual Plett Rage Student Festival in partnership with Western Cape Government’s Department of the Premier. The Intervention programme started off with a Motivational Morning on the 25th of April 2017 at Plettenberg Bay Primary School Hall. The...

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Upcoming Programmes

25 May 2017

Educator Training

This training is aimed at addressing the needs of the Foundation and Intermediate Phase teachers in the Bitou region. All training sessions will be facilitated by Dianne de Villiers. The following workshops will be conducted in the third term.

  1. Conducting Observations & Teacher...

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Ongoing programmes

25 May 2017

The Reading and English Programme

The programme has last year been extended from Phakamisani Primary to Kwanokuthula Primary and has impacted about 600 learners since it started in 2014. The programme has attracted over 100 volunteers, who devotedly assist in ensuring that the Grade 3 learners...

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Changes at The Bitou 10 Foundation

25 May 2017

Kim Weyer has stepped down as the CEO of The Bitou 10 Foundation. Kim played an integral and vital role in all the Foundation’s successes since she joined the Foundation in 2010, first as Programme Manager and then as CEO for the past four years. Marietta Van Rooyen, Chairperson of the...

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THANK YOU to our donors

25 May 2017

Thanks to our donors who donated from Jan – April 2017

We would like to extend a warm thank you to all our individual and corporate donors who have contributed towards our programmes since the beginning of January 2017. Your generous investment is making a life changing difference and impacting...

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Vesco Plastics Investing in ECD Practitioner Training

25 May 2016
Vesco Plastics Investing in ECD Practitioner Training

In January this year we identified 7 ECD practitioners who wanted to improve their skills set to a level 5 in ECD. With the generous donation from Mr. Alain Lege, CEO and founder of Vesco Plastics, we were able to send all 7 practitioners to the Klein Karoo Resources Centre to start their first...

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Maths Workshop for Primary School Educators

20 April 2016
Maths Workshop for Primary School Educators

We have been privileged to have Marionette Maart, a regular presenter of the WCED, facilitate two Maths workshops for English and Afrikaans foundation and intermediate phase educators. Marionette has been an educator for 24 years and has been involved with training teachers at Maths Conferences...

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Celebrating Bitou University Students

29 February 2016
Celebrating Bitou University Students

The Bitou 10 Foundation (B10F) recently hosted a celebration for 25 Bitou students who are beneficiaries of bursaries awarded by the Bitou Community Educational Trust (BCET).

Following the retirement of Rosemary Murray, the founder and administrator of the bursary scheme, the BCET established a...

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Professional Development for Educators

29 May 2015
Professional Development for Educators

The professional development of educators is a key strategy for improving the quality of education. Working with the Western Cape Education Department, The Bitou 10 Foundation has identified the priority professional development needs of Bitou educators. We have implemented a number of...

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Brand new Learning Support Centre established

22 May 2015
Brand new Learning Support Centre established

The Bitou 10 Foundation in collaboration with Volunteering SA have implemented a new learner support programme for 80 Grade 3 learners at Phakamisani Primary School in Kwanokuthula.

Statistically, less than half of all Grade 3 children in South Africa can read at a satisfactory level....

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Multimedia Clubs

1 May 2015
Multimedia Clubs

Multimedia Clubs have been established at Plettenberg Bay Secondary School and Murray High School; offering students with an interest in computers, journalism, photography and film an exciting new opportunity to learn a variety of computer skills including graphic design, desktop publishing and...

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Budding scientists' dreams come true

2 April 2015
Budding scientists' dreams come true

A group of Grade 12 Science students attended the Science Festival in Grahamstown between 19 and 22 March 2015. The students from Murray High and Plett Secondary, accompanied by their teachers, returned feeling inspired and motivated to work hard at improving their grades and pursue careers in...

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Boere-Brocante

13 November 2014
Boere-Brocante

The Boere-Brocante, a French type up-market sale of collectables with a local flavour, will be held at Ouland Royale just outside Plett on 16 December.  It will be a great opportunity to buy interesting Christmas presents and pick up valuables, including antiques, vintage clothes, jewelry and...

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Empowering Grade R Educators

22 October 2014
Empowering Grade R Educators

Forty-six Grade R educators from more than twenty community-based Early Childhood Development sites and schools in Bitou were empowered to make a difference when they completed a nine module course offered by The Bitou 10 Foundation from August to October 2014.

Local occupational therapists,...

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Mamela inspires young minds

4 October 2014
Mamela inspires young minds

About 100 learners from various Bitou schools attended workshops facilitated by internationally acclaimed performance artist, dancer and choreographer, Mamela Nyamza, during the October school holidays. Apart from her remarkable ability on stage, Mamela, is a gifted teacher. She kept up to 40...

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Harmony through Music and Song

15 September 2014
Harmony through Music and Song

It has been an exciting year for music in Bitou. The Bitou 10 Foundation’s Choir Programme has rapidly become the most popular after-school activity with nearly 200 children now participating in the four school choirs we support. Participation in a school choir helps give children a sense of...

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Community building through Visual Arts

21 July 2014
Community building through Visual Arts

A Visual Arts programme is the most recent addition to Arts education for Bitou learners through the incredibly successful Performing and Visual Arts Programme, implemented in 2011. A team of local artists comprising Margie Ford and Donne Rundle were contracted by the Bitou 10 Foundation to...

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Generous Donor Sponsors Exclusive Fundraising Event

6 June 2014
Generous Donor Sponsors Exclusive Fundraising Event

An anonymous donor kindly offered to sponsor a fundraising event for The Bitou 10 Foundation at the White House recently.

Our guests were greatly impressed and moved by the speeches made by three learners who participate in The Bitou 10 Foundation’s After-School Activities Programme which is...

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Drama Students Outing to KKNK

6 June 2014
Drama Students Outing to KKNK

In April we sent six grade eleven and twelve learners from Plettenberg Bay Secondary School to the ABSA Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees in Oudtshoorn.

These six learners participate in weekly drama classes which are offered to all 10 Bitou state schools as part of The Bitou 10 Foundation's...

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Visual Arts Programme Launched at Bitou schools

6 June 2014
Visual Arts Programme Launched at Bitou schools

Building on the success of the 22 dance, drama and music classes offered at Bitou 10 schools weekly as well as the two field bands, that form part of the Bitou 10 Foundation’s After-School Activities Programme, we have been able to expand and diversify our programme further by adding a visual...

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E-Learning for Bitou children

6 June 2014
E-Learning for Bitou children

Working in partnership with Computers for Africa, based in the Netherlands, and E-Learning for Kids, based in the USA, The Bitou 10 Foundation is helping Bitou children to become computer literate and to enhance teaching and learning with the help of computer-based education programmes. The...

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Children with Special Learning Needs

6 June 2014
Children with Special Learning Needs

Last term our occupational therapists screened 157 Grade R and Grade 1 learners referred by their teachers at five of our primary schools. 150 of these learners need occupational therapy, 4 need speech and language therapy, 5 need remedial therapy and 2 need play or art therapy.

Following the...

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Computers for Bitou 10 Schools

17 February 2014
Computers for Bitou 10 Schools

The Bitou 10 Schools are recipients of a generous donation from the Netherlands based NGO, Computers for Africa, established by Jef Verschuren and Saskia Krijger. 

Jef’s parents, Raymond and Anja Verschuren handed over 35 computers, 1 printer and 3 tablets to Formosa Primary last week. The...

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Performance Arts Showcase 2013

16 January 2014
Performance Arts Showcase 2013

On Saturday 26th October over 290 children, who participate in the Bitou 10 Foundation After-School Activities Programme, came together to display their talents in music, drama, dance and song. Held at Plett Primary School, and ably and cheerfully compered by Adam Van Rhyner, the Showcase...

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Our Tribute to Nelson Mandela

16 January 2014

We mourn the passing of Nelson Mandela but we will always be inspired by him. It was Madiba who challenged the founders of the Bitou 10 Foundation "to change the education landscape." Mandela... "Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of...

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Therapy Increases Pass Rate

16 January 2014
Therapy Increases Pass Rate

Many Grade 1 learners in Bitou present with developmental delays that compromise their ability to learn to read, write and do maths. 
Since March 2013, our occupational therapists have provided weekly group occupational therapy sessions for 80 learners in groups of four or five at Formosa,...

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Achievements of the School Learning Readiness Project

16 January 2014

The Murray & Roberts School Learning Readiness Programme, implemented by our Early Childhood Development (ECD) partner, Operation Upgrade, has made a significant impact on the provision of Grade R in Bitou and on the integration of the ECD sector with Bitou primary schools. 
The direct...

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Our ongoing need for funding

15 February 2013
Our ongoing need for funding

Be a vital player in the education solution: help us and our team of partners to give Bitou’s children options better than life devoid of meaningful education - life without hope or prospect of anything more than relegation to society’s sidelines.

With an annual tax deductible donation to...

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Thank you to our sponsors

15 February 2013
Thank you to our sponsors

Our heartfelt thanks to the caring individuals and companies whose unsolicited donations inevitably take us by surprise!

Investec Bank gave us a welcome lift at the end of last year, our most sincere thanks

On being successful in their bid for a National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund...

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Learner Support for Inclusive Education

15 February 2013
Learner Support for Inclusive Education

Unless ongoing, comprehensive programmes tackling our children’s learning needs are vigorously and purposefully pursued, we will all be guilty of educational neglect; our current and below par Literacy and Numeracy rates will not be significantly altered and we will continue to fail our...

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School Readiness Criteria for Bitou

15 February 2013
School Readiness Criteria for Bitou

Here in Bitou we are committed to action - collaborative action - to prove our children’s true potential when given the right opportunities; and these opportunities begin with adequate school readiness skills.

As a result of our successful public consultation meetings Bitou now has its own...

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Congratulations are due

14 February 2013
Congratulations are due

Both Wittedrift High and Plett Secondary need to be congratulated on their encouraging 2012 Grade 12 results.

Wittedrift achieved yet another 100 percent pass rate while Plett Sec recorded a greatly improved 85.6 percent pass - well done to principals, teachers and learners alike.

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Our work with the WCED

13 February 2013
Our work with the WCED

In late August 2012 we and our WCED ECP team colleagues made a presentation to the Eden | Central Karoo District team. Next followed a mid December review of our programmes, along with 2013 to 2015 planning, with the ECP team and our ECD partner Operation Upgrade; we are delighted to report on the...

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Afterschool Activities kick off

12 February 2013
Afterschool Activities kick off

Together with Lunchbox Theatre we have kicked off the year with new classes, more kids and a new school in the programme. Through the dance and drama classes we offer we are able to give children the opportunity to grow, learn, and develop. And the Plett Pioneers Field Band continues to astound,...

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B10F and WCED tackle the Inclusive Education Challenge

22 August 2012

Inclusive Education (IE) requires “maximising the participation of all learners in the culture and curriculum of educational institutions and uncovering and minimising barriers to learning. An Inclusive Education and Training System is organised so that it can provide various levels and kinds...

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Summer 2011

10 December 2011

Welcome to our Christmas update, the last for 2011. Although our work is never done, we are delighted to report on our year’s progress and activities:

The first 9 months of our new model

In June we launched our new school support model through a pioneering first: the signing of the Expression...

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Spring 2011

2 September 2011

Welcome to our quarterly update, the spring edition. It’s hard to believe that 2011 is fast nearing its end; in the meanwhile though here’s what we’ve been up to in the third quarter:

Interschool Magazine

Our learners’ interest in, and contributions to, this one of a kind programme...

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