Built on the Botswana tradition of the kgotla, a place for peaceful resolution of conflict demonstrating a thousand-year-old tradition of democracy, our Peace Education program allows children to become advocates for peace.
It is a structured, multi-disciplinary program that develops a child’s self-expression and critical thinking through five key pillars: Debating, Human Rights Awareness, Peace Building, Advocacy and Leadership.
Teachers and Ducere mentors work together using the Ducere Peace Manual – a guide that contains subject outlines and activities for children to apply what they have learnt. Reading materials cover a broad range of topics from animal rights to child persecution, all of which are customised for cultural sensitivities and national relevancy. Topics are explored together in a Peace Club setting that is both age-appropriate and productive, covering the five key pillars.
Our Read Out Loud Radio program inspires children to become the future learners and leaders of tomorrow.
The Read Out Loud Radio program started in October 2013 on Mosi-O-Tunya Radio in Livingstone, Zambia. The program airs every month and has given hundreds of children the opportunity to broadcast their voices. These sessions give young learners the skills and tools they need to make their voice heard, creating a space for them to ask questions, reflect, listen, and learn. Via this platform, children grow in confidence while developing valuable communication skills as they think critically about the world around them.
On air, learners discuss their experiences and aspirations as they reach out to their peers and the wider community about the issues that matter to them. It is their opportunity to shine and create powerful, uplifting, and informative radio programs for young people in their community. It is a positive and empowering space, where children have permission to ask questions, be curious, and explore new worlds. This strategy shows other young listeners that they too can have a voice regarding the issues they are facing, allowing them to not only express themselves to their peers, but also with adults, in a cross-generation dialogue.
Making children’s education a priority, our School Improvement program is an accumulation of the Foundation’s initiatives from literacy and public speaking, to interning and mentoring in primary schools across Southern Africa.
The program is delivered in conjunction with our Mentoring Initiative, and began across three regions of Botswana in 2012, focussing on improvement in Mathematics, Science and English results.
Mentors were selected as part of a government initiative to address youth unemployment in the region, and university graduates were trained to expand the Foundation’s educational philosophy in their allocated school and community. Within these schools and communities, our graduates worked closely with teachers and students to address all aspects of school life – from maintaining weekly teaching schedules to working on the needs of each and every child in their care.
The mentor experience is empowering for both the student and the mentor. The mentor-student relationship is one built on trust and is a vital part of a child’s experience at school, increasing their confidence and competency levels. For mentors, once the training program is completed, they become mentor-trainers and guide the creation of new educational strategies and skills.