African Children's Stories

A unique and innovative program that aims to publish and distribute African Children’s Stories from each and every African nation by 2025.

Inspired by a visit to a Zambian primary school, the Ducere Foundation aims to provide an African alternative in children’s literature. All too often, library shelves and school bags are filled with Western stories that have little or no relevance to the reality of a primary school student in Africa.

Our African Children’s Stories (ACS) Program is a unique and innovative initiative that aims to publish and distribute African Children’s Stories from each and every African nation by 2025. To date, the Ducere Foundation has worked with teachers in primary schools in over 24 African countries to engage students in story writing and storytelling. Children write stories from their own imagination and life experiences, share their culture through stories and also capture stories from their elders to preserve oral tradition.

The best stories are then selected and published into country-based African Children’s Stories Collections. These Collections, together with Collections from other African countries, go back into the classrooms and libraries of the participating and adjacent schools to be used as supplemental reading materials.

The Collections provide culturally relevant materials which can then be used as a learning tool for the acceleration of literacy skills as well as giving children pride in their own culture and identity. The program also assists in improving the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom through our teacher training program, which incorporates skills building with the regular school curriculum and student centered learning strategies. Which is transformative.

25 African countries engaged with Ducere Foundation over the past 7 years

24 African countries have their stories published

In excess of 850 child authors published

Over
800k
booked distributed across Africa
 
60
collections of African Children's Stories published
More than
22k
stories reviewed for publication
 
$3M
invested in African Children's Stories

Your investment in the African Children’s Stories program enables us to increase our distribution of these books across Africa – giving children pride in their national identity, enabling oral traditional stories to be preserved and allowing children to experience the culture of other countries on the African continent.

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