Programmes

June 2, 2020

EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT (ECD)

Enlighten Education Trust recognizes that quality early childhood development and education are key to achieving sustainable development of communities in the Overstrand. We therefor continued to focus on the transformation of Early Childhood Development and education to improve quality, and the resulting impact on the development of children. Our aim remains keeping our youngest and most vulnerable children safe and healthy, and for them to be able to receive the national required level of education. During the past year, in partnership with the Department of Social Development, Western Cape, we focused on 74 care facilities. These facilities take care of 3045 children. The main focus areas of work have been on the registration process and providing guidance and support in terms of norms, governance and financial management. Since the beginning of the registration process in partnership with the Western Cape Department of Social Development, we have assisted 32 partial care […]
June 2, 2020

ENRICHMENT FOR FOUNDATION PHASE

The Foundation Phase Enrichment Project is aimed at supporting learners who lack basic school readiness skills required for Grade R and Grade 1. Some learners do not attend Grade R and others experience learning and social difficulties. A variety of programmes have been designed by an occupational therapist to meet some of the various educational needs of Foundation Phase learners. THE PROJECT IS CURRENTLY OFFERED IN FOUR SCHOOLS IN THE OVERSTRAND: Gansbaai Primary School: Grade R & 1 Hawston Primary School: Grade R & 1 Mount Pleasant Primary School: Grade R & 1 Zwelihle Pre-Primary: Grade R From March 2018 to February 2019 we worked with a total of 159 learners, (63 in Grade R and 96 in Grade1) and 21 teachers The programme includes gross and fine motor skills, visual and auditory perception, eye tracking, literacy and numeracy and offers: THE PROGRAMME OFFERS: READING (auditory perception, language skills, blending, […]
June 2, 2020

E-LEARNING

This is one of Enlighten’s flagship projects. This project fulfils a key role in upgrading literacy and numeracy levels in young children. During the past year significant progress has beenmade with the upskilling of teachers in Information Communication Technology (ICT). The E Learning project consists of:A Mobile Unit; ICT Teacher Professional Development for teachers; After-school Research for learners; Primary School Mathematics Support classes, Special School Projects and Robotics. MOBILE UNIT: SCHOOLS:Weekly schedules for schools were full and all learners eagerly awaited our support. SCHOOLS Total Die Bron Primary 70 Gansbaai Primary 59 Bosko 63 Kleinmond PS 60 Mount Pleasant PS 60 Waldorf 19 TOTAL 331 RESEARCH AFTERNOONS:We gave free access to our fully equipped computer centre. 1357 Learners visited our facility to do homework and other assignments TEACHER TRAINING:The Western Cape Education Department consistently roles out appropriate technology to schools to enhance the curriculum. During the past year we supported […]
June 2, 2020

ROBOTICS

Robotics classes, both educational and fun, give learners the opportunity to delve deep into the world of robotics and explore how computer programming and robot design can solve problems big and small. Our junior robotics engineering classes use the LEGO WeDO kits. These kits introduce our learners to robot design and computer programming using basic machine principles to create robots capable of performing simple tasks. During the pastyear 331 learners have been introduced to Robotics at the Enlighten centre during two afternoons. The club operates on 3 developmental levels: “We do” is intended for children 6-9 years. “Mindstorms” is intended for children 10-16 years old. Expert level for learners who reach the exit level of the Legobased Robotics Club. Our intention is to have a Robotics branch at each of the local schools.Robotic Club meets every Monday and Friday from 14:00 until 16:00
June 2, 2020

MATHEMATICS

Frank Coetzer supported 144 Grade 11 and Grade 12 learners from Qhayiya Secondary school in Zwelihle, Hermanus, as we l l as Gansbaai Academia in Gansbaai. The table above gives an insight into the range of support provided by this project
June 2, 2020

NATURAL SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY

Teachers and learners to enhance the quality of Science and Technology education in 16 schools. 113 Teachers attended workshops presented by the Enlighten facilitator. Apart from attending the workshops, support to the teachers was given by means of school demonstration lessons as well as the provision of resources to many underprivileged schools upon their request. Teachers have become more confident to do the practical activities.They were able to guide learners to do their formal practical tasks with confidence and produced work of a high quality. At the same time new teachers were assisted with core knowledge and skills. Thousands of learners in the Overstrand have benefitted from this support during the past 13 years. Science and Technology, which are compulsory for all learners in the Intermediate Phase, build learners investigative, discovery and research skills, by using reference books and other media. At the same time, learners practice observing skills and […]
June 2, 2020

MUSIC, VISUAL ARTS & CRAFTS

The Enlighten Music project which includes the Hermanus Academy of Music and the Enlighten Strings Ensemble, celebrated a successful year. Two new projects came on board – the Young Imvumis, a violin project for ten young children from Zwelihle, Hermanus and the establishment of the Enlighten Symphony Orchestra for the Youth (ESO). As before, the emphasis was on performance excellence, development of the ensemble groups and creating op-portunities for talented individuals to excel in their genre. Highlights have been plentiful! The Botrivier Marimba Band, established in 2013, excelled throughout the year. They were awarded for their excellent marimba playing at the ARTSCAPE Youth Music Festival and had a highly successful tour to Botswana as guests of the Mara-a-Pula school in Gaborone during September. The Gansbaai Primary school won the Choir medal at the Overberg Eisteddfod and back at home two young learners were placed on the UNISA roll of honour […]
June 2, 2020

VISUAL ARTS

The Enlighten Visual Art and Craft project continued to grow during the past year. Both the Enlighten Art facilitators have elevated the Enlighten Art and Craft Project to the next level of competency. We are happy to report that pottery classes will commenced in 2019 under the trained and watchful eye of Karin von Maltzahn. Art learners have been identified from three schools in nearby communities and divided into two groups – a senior, more advanced group, and a junior group. Their talent, commitment and their love of the arts are truly inspiring. A talented group of learners took part in the regional Art competition called ‘Pictures of the Overberg’. Two learners in the senior division won gold medals and they proudly received their prizes at a prestigious gala event held at the Zeitz MOCAA at the waterfront in Cape Town. In addition, one learner in the junior division won […]
June 2, 2020

ENLIGHTEN COMMUNITY LIBRARY; TOY LIBRARY & LITERACY PROGRAMME

The library is the heartbeat of our organization and as literacy is one of our key-focus areas, it is our desire to open up the lives of extremely under-priviledged children to the magical world of imagination. We feel it is as much a priority as the mechanics of learning to read and write. Children visiting the library each afternoon, come from the surrounding communities, Zwelihle and Mount Pleasant. Apart from taking out books, which are available in Afrikaans, English and isiXhosa, children of all ages choose to do their homework and school assignments on any given day. The library has an expansive selection of educational games and puzzles to stimulate minds. We are grateful to have two volunteers and two Enlighten staff members who assist in keeping the library a safe and secure place to be. The Mobile library unit in partnership with the Educational Toy Library visited 27 edu-care […]