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Bitou 10 Education & Development Foundation

“Supporting schooling for excellence”

Welcome to the Bitou 10 Foundation

The Bitou 10 Education and Development Foundation evolved out of the Cadbury School Development Initiative in 2006, as an Association incorporated under section 21 of The Companies Act, 1973.

In response to a request from late President Nelson Mandela, Cadbury SA approached community leaders in Bitou (Plettenberg Bay) to assist them in supplying seed funding and organizational skills to support a project which would benefit the education of children in the Bitou region. The Foundation was officially launched by Naledi Pandor, the then Minister of Education, on 1 November 2007.

Since 2007, The Bitou 10 Foundation has provided support services to 11 government schools and about 30 Early Childhood Development (ECD) sites – about 8000 children and 200 teachers. 80% of these schools are based in under-resourced, semi-rural communities and townships around Plettenberg Bay.

We work in consultation with the Western Cape Education Department’s (WCED) local circuit team. Through our collaboration, we aim to achieve common goals and to enhance education in the Bitou region.

By working with the WCED, the Bitou government schools, the ECD sector, other local non-profit organisations, child development specialists and our funders, we address key factors that impact on the quality of teaching and learning. Together we have developed effective, successful and innovative approaches to address the challenges and inequalities in our education system.

This year, we were supported by ApexHi Charitable Trust, National Lotteries Commission, Vesco Plastics, Charities Unlimited, Bitou Municipality, Zoe Carss Educational Trust, Western Cape Government/Rage for Good and local individual donors.

We provided support to the eleven government schools and the ECD sites, based on needs identified by the Western Cape Education Department Circuit 4 and the ECD managers.

Supporting schooling for excellence

What We Do

We function as facilitators of local conversations that lead to collaborative local partnerships which support and promote the ever improving quality of the education environment for Bitou children.

We work closely with local government and with the WCED to support and enhance developments in that environment.

Our focus is on the child’s education journey.

We strive to promote a Culture of Collaboration that places The Bitou Child as the Primary Client and Beneficiary in all efforts to raise the education standards and experience of our children.

Bitou 10 Education & Development Foundation
Bitou 10 Education & Development Foundation
Bitou 10 Education & Development Foundation

“Supporting schooling for excellence”

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