About Us

Ethembeni School was established in October 1984 as a State Subsidised Special School for learners with physical disabilities by the former Department of Education and Training. In 1989, the school took over for the blind and partially-sighted learners from Vuleka School.

Over the years, our wonderful school has grown substantially. We are continuously procuring more students, many of which are in boarding hostels as they come from families living hundreds of kilometres away. At our current capacity, Ethembeni School caters for the physically disabled and visually impaired children from all over Kwa-Zulu Natal, Kingdom of the Zulu (South Africa).

The school is state funded because of the disabilities of the learners. However, these funds are often never enough to fully cater for all the needs of the learners and to provide all the necessary resources for them to be comfortable.

We strive for an environment that creates highly educated members of society; members enthusiastic about proactivity and making a difference in South Africa. Ethembeni school’s essence is evident in our title and motto: Place of Hope and Phila Ufunde meaning Live and Learn. Thanks to our phenomenal staff members and our dedicated sponsors, we have been able to be a part of this process. We are forever grateful to help so many little learners every year in reaching their full potential.