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. We wish to empower as many African children as possible through access to high-quality early learning and education.  We aim to further develop existing educational services and early support in a sustainable way. 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 school completion rates still persist, as well as a lack of early childhood education. The quality of early support and basic education is crucial as it is the foundation of all learning.

The Roger Federer Foundation’s strategic priority is the assistance of already existing but essentially insufficient support services, in early childhood care centres, preschools and primary schools for children between 3 and 12 years of age as well as the improvement of their efficiency and effectiveness. In Switzerland we promote under-privileged children in their recreational activities.

We believe in the potential of all people and do everything possible to empower them to improve their situations on their own. As a consequence, the Roger Federer Foundation only works with carefully selected local organisations in long-term partnerships. We support the development of skills and ensure that the community accepts responsibility in solving its problems. We do not deliver equipment to people but empower them to organise resources needed on their own. We follow this approach strictly because we truly believe that this is the only way to achieve sustainable systemic change and resultant improvement of the situation. In order to be both cost-efficient and cost-effective we limit our engagement to one region in Africa and are conducting programmes in six countries in southern Africa as well as Switzerland.

The Roger Federer Foundation is a professionally-managed grant foundation which is committed to the rules of the Swiss Foundation Code. The organisation 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 a member of SwissFoundations, an association of Swiss grant foundations.