Our Model

The Indaba Foundation (IF) invests in world-class Montessori teacher training, learning materials, and educational infrastructure for Early Childhood Development (ECD) teachers.

ECD is an opportunity to create a positive education beginning for so many. The IF’s long term goal is to have an impact that will truly be able to change a global paradigm. We want to offer as many children as we can the chance to realize their dreams and make a better life for themselves and their families.

Provides internationally-accredited
Montessori teacher training

The Indaba Institute (II) trains Early Childhood Development educators in Montessori so they may bring the all-encompassing approach to South African Winelands’ schools. The II is one of five institutions providing permanent, formal, and accredited training of Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) practitioners on the African continent, initially focusing on the critical phase of 0 to 6 years old.


Students who are committed to pursuing a career in Montessori education in South Africa, notably in the Winelands communities, but lack the necessary funds are welcome to apply for a bursary.


The IF will award bursaries only to students who are in genuine need of financial aid. Expenses covered include tuition, full accommodation and catering for the duration of each module for the course.


The II is located within the Sustainability Institute (SI) learning campus in Lynedoch, Stellenbosch.

Courses Offered


AMI Diploma Elementary (6 – 12)
18 months

AMI Diploma Children’s House (3-6) 
18 months


AMI Training of Trainers Program

(for the training of future, South African-based, AMI Trainers)
24 – 34 months – 2023


AMI Diploma Assistants of infancy (0-3)
18 months – 2018

Provides world-class Montessori teaching
materials, equipment, and resources

The Indaba Institute (II) utilizes the Lynedoch Early Learning Centre, based at the Sustainability Institute, as the training classroom for II Early Childhood Development trainees to experience hands-on, real-world, practical training. Provisions are made to support the Centre by upgrading classrooms, providing needed educational materials, and upgrading the gardens and building surrounds to meet Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) standards.

Upgrades to rural Winelands Early Childhood Development
centers to Montessori standards

The Indaba Foundation invests in the upgrading and improvement of rural Winelands Early Childhood Development centers to meet minimum Montessori standards by providing infrastructure, equipment, and support.

Our Progress



Upgraded and equipped Sustainability Institute to prepare for 2017 teacher training



22 Early Childhood educators received Association Montessori Internationale 0-3 introductory training and 54 completing training in 2020/2021



Children receiving access to transformative montessori education

Deliver pre AMI training course to prepare South African students for AMI’s admission requirements

Host first AMI 0-3 training course with an international trainer



Upgrade and equip the Lynedoch Early Learning Center

Host first AMI 6-12 training course with an international trainer


Host first AMI 3-6 training course with an international trainer


First AMI-Erdkinder Training Course with an international trainer in South Africa



Upgrade two Winelands child care centers

First AMI Train the Trainers Course to build local capacity to conduct AMI training



Upgrade two Winelands child care centers

Fully operational AMI Center for 0-3, 3-6, 6-12, Erdkinder, and Inclusive Education



Upgrade two Winelands child care centers

Our Impact By 2026



World-class Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Training Center



Upgraded and equipped Winelands
child care centers



Trained and certified educators to
world-class Montessori standards



Children receiving world-class Montessori education