About Us

Our philosophy and values

The conscience of a not-for-profit, and the mindset of a global enterprise

Ducere Foundation works with local governments and foundations to improve the quality of public education in Africa. Our innovative initiatives move away from the global preoccupation with what students learn to how students learn. The Foundation focuses on the implementation of education by allocating our resources to our programs: African Children’s Stories, Peace Education, School Improvement and Read Out Loud Radio.

As part of the larger Ducere group, the Foundation embodies a philanthrocapitalist approach to its development work. This means that the Ducere Foundation achieves its philanthropic goals by taking concepts and techniques from finance and business ventures. Funded by the Ducere Global Business School’s tertiary business, Ducere Foundation has the conscience of a not-for-profit, and the mindset of a global enterprise.


Our reach


Our board

Mat Jacobson
Founder & Director

Mathew is disrupting the higher education landscape, creating some of the industry’s most innovative educational platforms and projects.

Di Fleming
Executive Director

Di is the first educator to become the Telstra Businesswoman of the Year (VIC) and is recognised for her leadership in digital schooling internationally.

Our people

Terri Irvin
Operations Manager

South Africa

Cathy Chilambe


Mulugeta Tsegaye
Country Coordinator


Dr Oumar Diouf
Country Coordinator


Our partners

Books Distributed
Countries Engaged
Books Published
Stories Collected

Meet our Partners

Working together with our Partners helps to enhance the impact of our programs

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