The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is Africa’s oldest independent country and the second most populous on the African continent after Nigeria. This country is located in the Horn of Africa and shares borders with Eritrea to the north and northeast, Djibouti and Somalia to the east, Sudan and South Sudan to the west, and Kenya to the south. Ethiopia is a founding member of the United Nations and the African base for many international organisations, such as the UN Economic Commission for Africa, UNESCO and UNDP. It is also rich in culture as it is a multilingual nation with around 80 ethno-linguistic groups, the four largest of which are the Oromo, Amhara, Somali, and Tigray.
In this country the Ducere Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of Education is implementing African Children Stories Program aiming to improve primary school students’ literacy development. In addition to that the project aims to preserve oral traditions for future generations through access to storybooks written by the children themselves quoting their elders, communities and their own imagination.
So far, the Ducere foundation in collaboration with the Ministry has implemented the African Children Stories Program in the Oromia National Regional Sate (Diabu and Dima Primary Schools) and Amhara National Regional State (Teyima and Ayer Tena primary Schools); and has published about 40,000 bilingual story books (English-Oromifa and English-Amharic).
Building on this cooperation and the experiences so far, the team is working to publish stories from all City administrations as well as other National Regional States in a bid to create opportunities to students write a story in their Mother tongue and English languages.