South Africa

African Children's Stories

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Project Description

The Republic of South Africa is the southernmost sovereign state in Africa. It is bounded on the south by 2,798 kilometres of coastline of Southern Africa stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans, on the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, and on the east and northeast by Mozambique and Swaziland, and surrounding the kingdom of Lesotho.

The Foundation has been collaborating with Monash South Africa and Spell It South Africa since April 2015.

Monash South Africa runs a program called ‘This is Me’ which is designed to assist in the development of children’s creative thinking and storytelling skills which can in turn assist them in academic and cultural growth. Our African Children’s Stories (ACS) program, which provides a platform for children across Africa to tell their stories, compliments Monash’s “This is Me” program. We have worked together in township areas in the West Rand, aiming to improve literacy in the public school sector and have launched two Collections – one from the students at Zandspruit Primary School in 2015 and the second one based on Nelson Mandela’s Legacy which was launched just before Mandela Day in July 2016.

Spell It South Africa runs various literacy programs focusing on educator training and capacity building, spelling coaching, the tracking of literacy skills levels and Spelling Bee competitions. Our African Children’s Stories Collections are used as resources in Spell It’s programs and both partners work together on joint training and capacity building of teachers in public, township and rural schools in South Africa.

A further part of the partnership is the establishment of Story Clubs. Story Clubs are a space where children write their stories, as well as share, edit and illustrate them. Story Club members are encouraged to listen to the stories of their parents and traditional elders before writing them down and submitting them to Ducere Foundation for publication. The young students can become published authors through membership of their local Story Club and see their work in a collection of African Children’s Stories that is distributed around the world. The process of writing and discussing these stories preserves a long history of oral tradition, develops a child’s literacy skills, sees them engage with their cultural identity, allows self-expression and invites cross-cultural dialogue across Africa and the World.

Children in the Wilderness (CITW) is a non-profit organisation supported by Wilderness Safaris. It is an environmental and life skills educational program that focuses on the next generation of rural decision makers, developing environmental leaders who are inspired to care for their natural heritage so that they become the custodians of these areas in the future. A core focus of CITW is its Eco-Clubs, which are run at schools in the areas that neighbour the wild areas in which Wilderness Safaris operates, as well as camp programmes that take place at Wilderness’ and partner safari lodges.

Ducere Foundation embarked on its partnership with CITW in April 2015, aimed at enhancing literacy levels and improving creative writing skills in children across Africa by promoting story writing, creative writing and the capturing of oral tradition. Together CITW and Ducere Foundation launched its latest Collection in Makuleke, Northern Limpopo, in August 2016.

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