The Sijonga-Phambili Community Learning Centre is an educational institution that provides academic classes and skills training courses to any person, aged 15 years or older, who either
a. did not complete his or her formal schooling, or
b. wishes to acquire a skill to assist with finding employment
The reasons for children dropping out of school are many and varied. Within the South African context the reasons are mostly related to social problems and would include poverty, parents being unemployed, substance abuse, pregnancy and sometimes even involvement in crime.
The Community Learning Centre is situated in Hout Bay, a picturesque seaside village approximately 20 kilometres from the city of Cape Town. The village has a population of about 40 000 people, almost half of whom live under appalling conditions in wooden shacks without basic services such as water and electricity.
The Centre is open to anyone wishing to make use of the facilities being offered. Traditionally, however, the vast majority of our students come from the Imizamo Yethu informal settlement and the Hangberg fishing community.
The Centre also has a full-time Educare Centre on the premises, known as The Angel Starfish Educare Centre, that serves to accommodate 86 pre-school children between the ages of 2 and 6.