About Us

Ethembeni School was established in October 1984 by the former Department of Education and Training, as a State Subsidised Special School for learners with physical disabilities. In 1989 the school took over for The Blind and Partially-Sighted learners from Vuleka School for The Deaf & Blind.

Although the school is state funded, because of the disabilities of the learners, the funds received from the state are never enough to fully cater for all the learner’s needs and provide all the resources they require to be comfortable at the school.

It is now 2020 and our wonderful school has grown in great proportion over the past few years. We are now 250 learners strong, 98% of which are boarding in hostels at the school because they come from families which are hundreds of kilometres away.

At our current capacity, Ethembeni School caters for physically disabled and visually impaired children from all over Kwa-Zulu Natal, Kingdom of the Zulu (South Africa).

Our Goal, to create highly educated members of society who are proactive, ready and able to make a difference in South Africa. The name Ethembeni means “Place of Hope” and the motto Phila Ufunde means “Live and Learn”. It is thanks to our phenomenal staff members and dedicated contributors that we are still here today and are forever grateful to be a part of the process of helping 250 learners every year in reaching their full potential.

Thank you so much for taking the time showing interest in our school.

Kind Regards