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

Enlighten hosts visiting youth orchestra

Hermanus hosted a very special event on Saturday 29 October when the well-travelled youth orchestra from The Hall Boys Preparatory School, London, gave a concert in our Municipal Auditorium. Even more exciting is the fact that Enlighten Education Trust’s own Youth Orchestra joined them in its debut public appearance. The concert was a huge success, with members of the audience […]

Enlighten-supported students win in local competition

Earlier this year several Grade 10 – 12 learners who receive art classes from Enlighten Education Trust participated in the Sumaridge art competition, which took place during the FynArts Festival. Three of the learners, who attend art classes run by Enlighten’s art facilitator at Qhayiya Secondary School, won prizes. The winner and runner-up each received a voucher from […]

The “ten golden minutes” of reading at home

A highly successful parent workshop was held at Enlighten Trust on Saturday morning the 27th of August. The theme was: “Reading at home: ideas for parents and caregivers”. Linda Rutter and two assistants from Shine’s head office in Cape Town came to run this workshop. It was mainly presented in isiXhosa, therefore the parents didn’t […]

Revving up a storm

There was high tension in the air at Enlighten’s computer lab on the afternoon of Wednesday 24 August. ‘Mind Storms’ members of the Robotics Club were out to prove their mettle. Parents and younger siblings came in their numbers to cheer the contestants along and every complicated move successfully completed was met with enthusiastic applause […]

Some of our Funders