The Federal Republic of Nigeria is a federal constitutional republic in West Africa renowned for its vibrant people and big economy, bordering Benin in the west, Chad and Cameroon in the east, and Niger in the north. Its coast in the south lies on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. It comprises 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, where the capital, Abuja is located. Nigeria is officially a democratic secular country and is often referred to as the “Giant of Africa”, owing to its large population and economy. With approximately 184 million inhabitants, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world. Nigeria has one of the largest populations of youth in the world.
During the course of the year, the Ducere Foundation has entrenched itself as a key stakeholder in the Nigerian developmental space. The African Children’s Stories Program had its maiden outing in Nigeria and the success of the entire project thus far is a testament to how well received and impactful our humble beginnings have been.
We started the project in two selected primary schools in Lagos State with the support of the funding from the Australian Government through their Direct Aid Program (DAP). We have been able to secure a concrete working relationship with the Lagos State Government through the State Universal Education Board (SUBEB), whose Executive Chairman was physically present at the launch of the Nigerian collections.
We are confident that the successes recorded within this short period of time will not only be sustained, but surpassed as we continue our exciting quest to build literacy capacity for our children here in Nigeria.