St.Francis Adult Education Centre, Langa, Cape Town
St Francis Adult Education Centre
St Francis has been a night school for adults for thirty years. Over that time some 70000 adult learners have been able to access low cost education and skills training programmes.

St Francis grew out of the deep desire of Indigenous African people for education. It was founded in the 70’s during the apartheid regime. The parish church was the first classroom and educators entered the Langa Township illegally to teach.

St Francis is currently a Day, Night and Weekend School, servicing about 4000 learners annually and having well over 100 educators. It generally operates from 08:00 to 21:00 daily. Academic course levels range from Literacy Level 1 to Matriculation (Grade 12). Post Matric courses include Technology Educator Training. Skills training programmes include Computer Literacy, Sewing Skills, Fashion Design, a Music School and a Motor Learner Licence School. Fees are generally equivalent too less than 10 Euro a year per learner. The intention is that this holistic education will provide learners with opportunities in which they can develop into fully participative members of society.

In return, St Francis staff are motivated and rewarded by the commitment of learners, who work all day and still come to learn at night, as well as the generosity of spirit of the educators, who teach after hours in the dangerous township.
History of the Centre
A Brief History
In 1967 the government closed all night schools in Cape Town. In 1971 Wilson Mangaliso and his friend approached Sister Veronica O'Nolan (at that time the Principal of Loreto Convent in Seapoint) to help them with their Matriculation Geography, because they had no educator. She agreed and so began the night school.
Computer training
Computer training
The St. Francis Computer Centre was established by Old Mutual in 1989 and continues to introduce basic computer literacy, which includes a range of commercial programs to hundreds of learners every year.