International Mandela Day highlights the need for all of us to put something back into the community, and Wynberg is therefore proud to be associated with CWESI, a Community Learning Centre which offers people of all ages an opportunity to empower themselves through education. An inspiration to us all is CWESI’s oldest student, Ms Ellen Noch (pictured above), who at age 84 is about to achieve a Matric – an opportunity denied her all those years ago.
The Centre was founded on 3 February 1987 by JOAN WILLIAMSON in response to her discovery that many of the domestic workers in the Constantia area could not read and write. She began by teaching them in her garage and with the support of the Catholic Church in Constantia, the school grew rapidly.Wynberg Boysâ€™ High School subsequently provided premises at the school and CWESI (Constantia Wynberg Education Sharing Initiative), opened its doors on 12 June 1995.
The Constantia Catholic Church is still a great supporter of the night school with many other individuals in the surrounding areas also helping the school to develop further. Today, it not only caters for those who need to learn to read, write and do basic numeracy, but also offers courses in the final year of the â€śOld Matricâ€ť. In addition, the school runs a Basic Computing course which is set to grow into two classes – one basic and one advanced.
The Senior Certificate (“old” matric) year is about to begin and â€“ as the government has extended it to 2014, CWESI will be busy for the next two and a half years helping many to achieve their Senior Certificate.
In 2015 a new adult matric is to be introduced and CWESI will be one of the pathfinders in this exciting educational development.