In 2014, Ducere committed to improve literacy in African schools, address the lack of printed books, and help retain cultural knowledge by publishing and delivering 250,000 books written by African pupils across Botswana, Malawi, Zambia, Rwanda, South Africa, Ghana, and Mauritius.
To address book shortage, Ducere will provide 250,000 African children with printed books and develop a library of relevant and engaging stories to promote a culture and passion for reading across primary schools in Africa.
To address illiteracy, the books will be fun to read, promoting curiosity and the desire to learn to read. The desired outcome is to raise the level of literacy within primary schools in the targeted regions.
To increase culture wealth and empowerment, Ducere will organize for primary schools pupils to write stories they have heard from their elders; such as legends, myths, and bedtime stories. This is beneficial for four different reasons: 1) to document the rich oral tradition of local cultural stories, which will ensure those cultural stories do not get lost; 2) to help children to feel pride when their stories are published; 3) to give children from all over Africa the opportunity to learn from other African cultures, which will help them take pride in their culture heritage; and 4) to encourage young people to write more and want to learn.
Ducere's partners, who are all part of the local countries network (network detailed above), will assist with local logistics and transportation. They will provide contacts to key local resources within the target countries. This may include use of office space and equipment including printers and photocopiers. Partners will also provide legitimacy and the endorsement of a world-respected local partner as part of Ducere's commitment.
Key milestones per quarter:
September 2014: Ducere will begin interviews with world leaders at CGI's Annual Meeting.
November 2014: Official project launch and start of the production of books with each world leaders' statement.
February 2015: 62,500 books successfully delivered to primary schools across Ducere's target countries.
May 2015: 125,000 books successfully delivered to primary schools across Ducere's target countries.
August 2015: 187,500 books successfully delivered to primary schools across Ducere's target countries.
November 2015: 250,000 successfully delivered to primary schools across Ducere's target countries.
Ducere will print a minimum of 21,000 books every month and deliver those books to the target countries.
As the western world moves more towards a technological way of life with actual books being replaced by eBooks, knowledge transmitted via internet waves, and communication handled by satellites, some people in Africa have never held a book.
Books are one of mankind's greatest inventions, transmitting emotions from the greatness of sorrow to the heartiest of laughs and providing the ability for great inspiration. Unfortunately, for a myriad of social, economic, and political reasons, books are shockingly unavailable to a large portion of sub-Saharan Africa. Reading is the bedrock and foundation of knowledge, and books are inherent to the acquisition of reading, literacy, and intellectual independence; and can be the difference between poverty and success.
According to Hope Africa Collective, although over a trillion dollars in foreign aid has been sent to Africa, over half of sub-Saharan Africans still live in extreme poverty. Africa needs investments in the development of its greatest resource: people. Ducere believes people in Africa are both the power and the solutions to change their community and abolish extreme poverty; and the greatest investment that can be made to help accomplish this is to invest in people's literacy.
According to UNESCO, more than one in three adults cannot read and 33 million primary-aged children are not in school in sub-Saharan Africa. Ducere's mission is to develop motivated learners and leaders, and improve the quality of public education in Southern Africa. This is only achievable through literacy. Furthermore, most children in Africa who actually go to school use books from England, the Unites States, and France, whereas they should also learn from African authors. The latter is crucial, since traditional stories and culture heritage have been lost with each successive generation.
Ducere seeks to address three major issues: illiteracy, lack of printed books, and loss of cultural richness.
Ducere can reach its goal of delivering 250,000 books throughout 2014 if it is able to secure 50 Global Leader interviews. This equates to 5,000 books per Global Leader interview. Currently CGI has initiated two interviews with World Leaders. "World Leaders" are deemed to be successful business people, entrepreneurs, leaders, heads of state or leaders of their field.