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Bot50: Celebrating 50 years of Independence with a Special Edition

Botswana – Our humble beginnings – celebrates its Golden milestone:
Our Bot50 African Children’s Stories Collection is launched in Canberra, Australia in the presence of His Excellency Caesar Lekoa, High Commissioner for the Republic of Botswana.


In 2012, the Ducere Foundation was launched in the Gaborone, Botswana, in the presence of our Patron Sir Ketumile Masire GCMG, President of Botswana 1980-1998. Subsequently an MOU between the Government of the Republic of Botswana and Ducere was signed on 14 February, 2012. Over the past 5 years Ducere Foundation has invested over 6 million pula into School Improvement, Peace Education and the African Children’s Stories Programs.

Today, we see the impact of these programs with increased results in Maths, Science and English across the pilot primary schools in Chobe, Kgalagadi and the South East. The first Peace Centre, designed in the style of the traditional Kgotla, was opened by Sir Ketumile Masire at Ithuteng Primary School and today Peace Education through debating and advocacy is the pride of the school and the community.

Ducere Foundation has taken its African Children’s Story Program to 17 African Nations. The birth of this program was in Botswana.

Today, the Ducere African Children’s Stories – Botswana Golden Jubilee Edition is being launched and presented by Ducere Founder, Mat Jacobson and Executive Director, Di Fleming. These stories and poetry capture the imagination of children, narrating their life experience while preserving oral tradition. The overall program is expanding literacy skills as well as enhancing teaching and learning.

Botswana became an independent nation in 1966 and now, 50 years on we proudly celebrate the outcomes of our nation’s journey. A nation bound by botho and togetherness, it has transformed from a rough diamond to a well-polished gem. A multicultural nation, known for its stability and security, living in peace and harmony. We celebrate this success through our passionate and motivated young people, learners into leaders, whose stories have been carried from generation to generation, and whose values and teachings have shaped the present and will form the future of our great nation. These stories are a testament not only to Batswana children but also to children all over Africa, demonstrating that every child has a story to tell, tapping into their creative minds and reflecting their culture and history.

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