BEFSA’s mission is improve the quality of education in schools in Southern Africa so that young people have the skills and qualifications to secure employment or places in further or higher education when they leave school.

We believe we will only achieve our aim of enabling young people and ultimately their families to step out of poverty through the educational programmes we run – all of which are targeted at school leaders and teachers.

The work we do to improve the performance of school leaders and teachers is seen as being critical to the fulfilment of that mission. Nurturing a culture of teaching and learning in schools is an integral part of that mission.

BEFSA’s work is therefore deliberately transformative. Teachers are challenged to take a professional approach to their work, to collaborate with their colleagues and to have the child at the centre of all their work.

BEFSA runs curriculum development workshops in the national curriculum subjects of maths, science, life orientation, geography, history and information technology. As a charity which believes fundamentally in the benefit of international school partnerships we also run training around global citizenship and global awareness.

BEFSA also runs training programmes which focus on the professional development of school leadership teams. The programmes include workshops on building teams, managing change, planning, monitoring, evaluating and self-evaluation, leadership and time management and leading on effective behaviour management.

Our training programmes are delivered by retired head teachers and other management experts.