SHAWCO Education offers services at SHAWCO community centres and schools in the areas we work in, namely Manenberg, Kensington, Khayelitsha, Nyanga and Mitchells Plain. In most of these areas, there is widespread gangsterism, substance abuse is high, and violence against children and youth is on the increase.

The Education sector, one of the six branches of the organisation, offers after-school
educational projects run from centres in five underserved Cape Town communities.
These projects aid learners from Grade R through to Grade 11, and run from Monday to
Saturday each week, offering learners assistance in core subject areas. Our projects are
staffed by our volunteer base of nearly 1 400 people.

Our sector recognises the educational inequalities that exist within Cape Town, and works
to provide the much-needed resources and facilities to support the academic growth of
learners. Our volunteers empower our learners, providing them with a holistic learning
experience, and guiding them not only in academics, but also on the sports field, through
personal growth workshops, and opportunities for development.

Gr. R–3 Ages 6–9

Foundation projects aim to create a love of literacy through holistic and interactive fun activities.

These projects utilise volunteers who are fun-loving and enjoy interacting with little children between the ages of six and nine years old.

– Song circles which include physical movement
– Paired reading
(one volunteer for two learners)
– Small worksheet group work
– Choral reading (reading by a volunteer or learners in a group)

Each session also includes an opportunity for one grade to go to the local library.

Gr. 4–7 Ages 9–13

Junior projects aim to create a love of literacy and numeracy. The children are between the ages of nine to thirteen years old.

Although the focus is mainly academic, there is a strong holistic approach with a wide-spectrum curriculum, which includes environmental and social topics. Creative learning is a primary focus.

– Maths worksheet groups
– English reading comprehension with workbook exercises
– Environment and society awareness
– Education excursion at least twice annually
– Annual wilderness camp

Gr. 8–9 Ages 14–15

The transition from child to young adult.

These projects not only deal with academic topics, but also typical teen problems such as identity, career guidance, sex education, school subject choices, relationships and family situations, as well as difficult topics like domestic violence, gangs and substance abuse.

– Workbook exercises in Mathematics, English and Life Orientation in small groups (3–6) assisted by a volunteer
– Workshops on career choices, sex and identity, gangs and crime
– Monthly hikes
– Annual wilderness camp

Gr. 10–11 Ages 16–17

Senior projects are academically focused. The projects follow the curriculum set by the Western Cape Department of Education.

Additionally, each senior project hosts its own development project which aims to equip the learners with necessary skills to fully utilise opportunities around them, as they take the final steps of high school.

– Focused subject-specific group work using online tools
– Career guidance and workshops at University of Cape Town
– Grade 12 tuition in preparation for final high school examinations

The projects are held at the following sites:

Area Project Name Project Service
Kensington (SHAWCO community centre) Kenstep
Shift IT*
Junior – Grade 4–7
Intermediate – Grade 8–9
Senior – Grade 10–11
Computer training
Khayelitsha (SHAWCO community centre) Little STEP
Stepping Out
Shift IT*
Foundation – Grade R–3
Junior – Grade 4–7
Intermediate – Grade 8–9
Senior – Grade 10–11
Senior – Grade 10–11
Computer training
Manenberg (SHAWCO community centre) Little Star
Shift IT*
Foundation – Grade R–3
Junior Grade 4–7
Intermediate Grade 8–10
Computer training
Mitchell’s Plain (school) LAWCO Senior – Grade 10–11
Nyanga (school) Little Moon
Foundation – Grade R–3
Junior – Grade 4–7

SHAWCO Students’ Office:
Steve Biko Student Union Building
University of Cape Town

Contact Info:
Education Sector:
Jaymo Reynolds
Cell: 061 4929 184

List of centres


153 12th Ave
Cape Town
021 593 2170

Khayelitsha (two centres)

K1 – Khayelitsha
Cape Town
021 361 5142

K2 – G323
Mongesi Rd
Village 2 North
Cape Town
021 823 6747


Sithandatu Avenue
Cape Town
021 386 7800


Manenberg Primary School
Corner of Kei Street & Kasouga Road
Cape Town
021 633 1593

Academic Interventions Unit (AIU)

The SHAWCO Saturday School and SHINE Programmes were established to assist school learners in core academic areas such as Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy, Physical Science, Accounting, Life Sciences and English. With seed funding received in 2007, from Bombardier Transport Company, this programme has grown from providing educational support to 200 learners in Khayelitsha into a programme of excellence, now known as SHAWCO Academic Interventions Programme (AIU). Based at the SHAWCO Head Office at the University of Cape Town, SHAWCO AIU now comprises three programmes, namely SHAWCO Saturday School, SHAWCO SHINE (a fee-paying programme), and SHAWCO Learning Excellence (LEx).

Fees: 3 Subjects – R347; 2 Subjects – R315

Workbook fees: R400

Grade 9 application form

Grade 10 application form

Grade 11 application form

Grade 12 application form