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.
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.
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.
July 2016 At this time of year, matric students suddenly seem to wake up to the fact that their final exams are around the corner, and panic sets in. Maths seems to be the major bugbear for most. For the past couple of years, the Enlighten Education Trust has run a week-long winter school during […]
The Enlighten Education Trust is proud of its two projects, which were featured for the first time at this year’s FynArts Festival and congratulates all the participants who put their hearts and souls into the performance. The enthusiastic applause of the audience was ample proof of its appreciation. Although it was the first time Enlighten’s […]
In the past term Enlighten’s Big Vision project has continued to take computer-based learning into local schools from Fisherhaven to Gansbaai. Using CAMI’s reading, maths and perceptual skills primarily, Big Vision has been working with children as young as five, all the way to grade 10 level. It has been most rewarding to see the […]
May 2016 It’s possible that “World Play Day” on the 28th of May might have passed without most people even knowing it existed. But for the 100-odd children who were invited to come and play at Enlighten Education Trust, it meant everything. The event was organised by Mabel Saul (who co-ordinates one of Enlighten’s ECD projects) […]