Enlighten Education Trust

Improving the quality of teaching, learning and life in the Overstrand.

About Enlighten Education Trust

Enlighten Education Trust strives to 'improve every aspect of education' in the Overstrand region through teacher-upskilling and direct services to children. These services aim to enhance the children's intellectual, physical and emotional development. In order to achieve the greatest long-term effect, Enlighten focuses mainly on Early Childhood Development and Primary School education, with a particular emphasis on the Foundation Phase, where the greatest impact on future learning is grounded.

Our History

Established in 2002, the Enlighten Education Trust's founding vision was to 'improve the quality of teaching, learning and life in the Overstrand'. With the recent population explosion in the area, the level of unemployment and poverty has increased and the quality of education in disadvantaged communities is often problematic. It is this need that Enlighten strives to address. From an initial two projects in seven schools, the Trust has grown to 18 projects in 22 schools and 30 ECD and home-based educare centres.

Current Projects

Enlighten facilitators provide in-service curriculum support and assistance to teachers through working alongside them. This includes the improvement of general teaching skills, classroom management, and filling the gaps in content knowledge in the learning areas of maths, literacy, science, arts and culture, and technology. ECD interventions include practitioner training, upgrading of centres, and mobile book and toy libraries. Extramural services for children take place at the Enlighten centre.

From The Blog

Shine Volunteers at Lukhanyo Primary School.

Enigthen says thank you to our Shine volunteers for their dedication, love and sheer commitment to the children of Lukhanyo Primary.


The Shine chapter at Lukhanyo Primary is yet another successful project of the Enlighten Education trust. It has been operating since 2015. Its objective is to generate a love of reading and of books and reading. A group of volunteers works with Grade 2 learners four days a week. Under the leadership of Enligthen Education […]


Tadiwanashe Dzenga and Siphosethu Ntetha from Enlighten Education Trust’s Grade 7 Visual Arts class on a Tuesday afternoon, both won gold medals at the Overberg Art Competition ‘Pictures of the Overberg’. The boys will represent the Overberg at the Western Cape Province Gala Event in Stellenbosch on Saturday 15th September accompanied by their art teacher […]

Some of our Funders