Our Story

We work with teachers and students across Africa, publishing imaginative and real-life stories written by African children, which preserve their oral traditions and are shared across the globe.

The Ducere Foundation was launched in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, in April 2012 by Mathew Jacobson, Founder and Director of the Ducere Foundation, and Di Fleming AM, Executive Director. 

Our inaugural Patron was the late Quett Ketumile Joni Masire GCMG, the second President of Botswana (1980–1998), who was proud to support the Foundation's commitment to peace and education. Sir Ketumile became a close friend and supporter of the Foundation.

The Foundation's vision and mission is to develop motivated and passionate 10–14-year-old learners and leaders through story writing and storytelling across Africa. This is achieved by:

  • preserving oral tradition, encouraging imagination and documenting life experience
  • building a ‘train the trainer’ master-class model for scalable, transformational change
  • promoting the power of peace and self-awareness of social responsibility
  • empowering children to become leaders today, for tomorrow.

Ducere is a philanthro-capital organisation with the majority of the Foundation’s funding donated by Ducere Global Business School. Every student enrolment in our degree programs is an investment in the Foundation's education programs across Africa.

The Foundation has the conscience of a not-for-profit and the mindset of a global enterprise.

With thanks

As the Ducere Foundation continues to build relationships across Africa in order to capture and publish the stories that children write, we are grateful to so many individuals and organisations. We thank you for trusting us to work within your schools and sit beside your students, as we support their innate talent and encourage them to imagine, reflect and preserve their oral tradition.

We have read almost 22,000 stories and we thank every child who has shared a story. Not all stories are published but the effort and thought of each child is acknowledged. A special thank you to all the students who have been published. Your stories are part of a pan-African vision where each nation is recognised and each story treasured.

Our Partners

We believe in and rely upon collaboration and partnerships. Working together with our partners helps us to expand our resources, tap into expertise and local knowledge, and improve the impact of our programs. We could not do what we do without them. We are proud to have partnered with the following like-minded organisations:

“It has been my pleasure to work with the Ducere Foundation, encouraging all schools across Mauritius and Rodrigues to expand their understanding and joy in story writing and story-telling. Over eighty students from the Republic have had their creative works – stories, poems and illustrations – published and shared across many African nations.”

Director Primary & Curriculum Development and Evaluation and ASG NATCOM UNESCO, Ministry of Education, Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Republic of Mauritius

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