Bodibe is located in the North West province, 20 kilometres from the small town of Lichtenburg. In 2009, Lafarge Education Trust adopted eleven schools in Bodibe with a vision to transform the education landscape in the rural community. It was a difficult road, wrought with obstacles. The community was restless, torn apart by poverty and a lack of leadership. The environment in the schools was dysfunctional and not conducive to effective teaching and learning. It was in these difficult conditions that Adopt-a-School Foundation, in partnership with Lafarge Education Trust, piloted the Whole School Development model and was able to achieve meaningful and sustainable results over a period of five years.


School Community Development

  • 60 members of school community trained on computer skills
  • 11 principals and 1 circuit manager trained on Executive Leadership at Wits School of Education
  • 32 Educators trained in Language and Literacy
  • All schools trained on setting up environmental clubs
  • Science and Maths Educator Training and classroom based support for Bodibe High School
  • All schools benefitted from a strategic planning, leadership, governance and team building programme
  • All schools benefitted from library training, coaching and mentoring

Learner Development

  • Language and Literacy Programme for Grade 3 learners
  • Dental Care Programme for over 840 Foundation Phase learners
  • Grade 1 and 2 learners benefitted from Language and Literacy programmes and resources
  • 8 primary schools benefitted from eye-sight testing clinics and 450 learners received spectacles
  • HIV/Aids Awareness and Life Skills
  • 2 schools benefitted from Remedial Training of learners

Infrastructure Development

  • 16 classrooms
  • 3 ablution blocks
  • 4 libraries built and equipped with books
  • 4 computer centres built and equipped
  • 2 computer centres upgraded and revamped
  • 6 schools renovated
  • 1 science lab built and equipped
  • 1 administration block built
  • 1 borehole and play plump installed
  • 3 Grade R Facilities
  • 3 Science Laboratories
  • 3 Libraries
  • 3 Administration blocks

Co-curricular Development

  • Effective soccer league (22 teams for boys and girls)
  • Provision of soccer kits and awards on an annual basis
  • Expansion of sport codes with Netball
  • 23 soccer coaches received level 1 coach training
  • Motivational talks, Career Guidance
  • Donations: library books, dictionaries, indoor games, indigenous trees
  • Lafarge Community awards which awarded 63 people (learners, educators and community members and 4 schools


  • 5 405 learners and 185 educators directly benefitted from programmes
  • 1200 temporary jobs created for local community members
    • These temporary workers were upskilled through this project
  • 14 local SMMEs were empowered and benefited from the project


  • Improved infrastructure
  • Environmental awareness
  • Cleanliness
  • Security
  • 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 89% in 2013)
  • Bodibe has become one of the top performing districts in the province

Bodibe Schools: Empowered for 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 12 learners
  • 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

Stakeholder support

The success of the Bodibe story is attributed to the many organisations that have partnered with Adopt-a-School Foundation and Lafarge Education Trust.

  • Old Mutual: Contributed R50 000.00 for the Visual Support programme
  • Dreamfields: School Soccer League
  • Colgate: Dental Hygiene Project in 2011
  • 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
  • Oxford University Press Southern Africa: Dictionaries
  • Shanduka Foundation/Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation: Two classrooms, essay competition and annual learner awards.
Case Study - Bodibe Village
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