«I believe in the power of people. They might need some initial empowerment. We know that a good education empowers children by allowing them to take their future into their own hands and play an active part in shaping it. And we trust in the best will of parents that they want to ensure for their children the best possible opportunities. For more than 12 years my Foundation has been therefore committed to enable parents and local communities in providing these children with the opportunity for a good educationl. We aim to reach a million children by 2018. »
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.
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Children currently benefitting from our programs: 277,000