Nolonwabo Batini, a 15-year-old girl from Ndzondelelo
High School in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, made this self-confident discovery when Roger visited her school. Her conviction became the vision and the central theme of the Roger Federer Foundation.

The Roger Federer Foundation enhances a world where children living in poverty are able to take control of their future and actively shape it thanks to access to high quality early learning and education. We therefore wish to empower as many African children as possible by further developing existing educational services and early support in a sustainable way. Our goal is to maximize individual potential, build capacities of all relevant stakeholders in education and create opportunities. Although access to primary education has significantly increased in recent years, fundamental problems such as low classroom performance, poor attendance, high numbers of drop-outs and low completion rates still persist or lack of early childhood education. The quality of early support and basic education is crucial as it is the foundation of all learning.

In Africa the Roger Federer Foundation’s strategic priority is therefore the support of existing but poor support services in early childhood care centers, preschools and primary schools for children 3 to 12 years old as well as the improvement of their efficiency and effectiveness. In Switzerland we promote underpriviledged children in their recreational activities.

The Roger Federer Foundation is a charitable Foundation. It works with carefully selected local organisations in long-term partnerships. It supports the development of individual skills, searches for innovative possible solutions and acts in a targeted way in order to improve the children’s situation over the long term. The involvement is concentrated on a few chosen countries in Africa and Switzerland.

The Roger Federer Foundation ensures that the population in question assumes joint responsibility for the solution of its problems with regard to the contents, organisation and finances. The children, their families and their community should contribute their suggestions in both the requirements analysis and the development of innovative possible solutions and actively cooperate in the implementation.

The Roger Federer Foundation is a professionally managed Grant Foundation that is committed to the rules of the Swiss Foundation Code. The organization strictly follows a system of checks and balances and an efficient project management cycle. Transparency, measurability and evaluation of the activities are fundamental. As a learning institution the Foundation seeks the advice of experts and stakeholders and is therefore a member of SwissFoundations, an association of Swiss Grant Foundations.