The Indaba Foundation invests in Early Childhood Development in the Winelands of South Africa

About Us

The Indaba Foundation (IF) improves young children’s capacity to develop and learn by providing world-class, internationally-recognized, and accredited Montessori teacher training, learning materials, and educational infrastructure.

Introducing skilled and resourced educators into these communities in the child’s earliest years of life will greatly improve their chances of a successful adulthood – enhancing family life, elevating societies, and building a better future for South Africa.

Our History

The Indaba Foundation has invested in South African education since 1996

Indaba scholarship established

Awarded to financially needy and academically deserving students to pursue wine-related studies in South Africa

1996

2003

1st recipient awarded

Mzokhona Mvemve becomes one of South Africa’s first black Africans to be a certified winemaker

Indaba Scholarship transforms into Indaba Foundation

The IF obtains status as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit to address the needs of the region’s most vulnerable children by investing in Early Childhood Development

11th recipient awarded

11th and final recipient of Indaba scholarship graduates

2015

2016

Launch of the Indaba Institute (II)

Lynedoch Early Learning Centre upgrade

Upgrade interior and exterior of on-site Montessori school

Our People

Board of Directors and Officers

Andre Shearer

Andre Shearer

BOARD CHAIRMAN

Founder and Director

Fabio Ficano

DIRECTOR

Academic Advisory

Linda Richter

Director of the Department of Science and Technology & National Research Foundation Centre of Excellence in Human Development, University of the Witwatersrand

Adele Diamond

Canada Research Chair Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Member of the Royal Society of Canada.

Takao Hensch

Joint professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School at Boston Children’s Hospital; Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard’s Center for Brain Science

Angeline Stoll Lillard

Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia; Elected Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science

Philip H. Fisher

Dr. Fisher is Philip H. Knight Chair and Professor of Psychology and is the director of the UO Center for Translational Neuroscience.

Staff: Indaba Foundation

Andrè Shearer

Andrè Shearer

CHAIRMAN

Staff: Indaba Institute

Emma Snowball

DIRECTOR | PROGRAMME DIRECTOR

Stella Burger

DIRECTOR | OFFICE & TRAINING FACULTY MANAGER

Jasmine Jacob

STRATEGY, LEARNING & IMPACT LEAD

Juliet McGear

ACCREDITATION & SUPPLIER RELATIONS MANAGER

Nomvelo Lupuzi

COURSE & STUDENT MANAGER

Our Partners

The Indaba Foundation appointed the Sustainability Institute (SI) as its local partner to house the globally and locally accredited Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) training center, the Indaba Institute. The SI, a nonprofit trust, founded in 1999 focuses on learning for sustainable African futures. The institute is based in Stellenbosch, South Africa, and has provided development facilitation to create a child-centred approach to building sustainable communities in Africa.

The mission of Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), is to work with organizations like the Indaba Foundation to further the rights, education, and welfare of children worldwide. AMI is committed to transcending borders in order to serve children through innovative educational initiatives using Montessori principles and practices.