Who we are

6.5 million South African children under the age of 6 are deprived of critical early learning opportunities each year, resulting in knock on effects which stack the odds against them throughout their schooling and beyond.

For every 100 children entering school, 40 reach and write matric, 28 pass, 4 study further and 1 graduates with a degree in science or technology.

We aim to change this.

ORT SA Cape works to provide disadvantaged youth and adults with the skills and knowledge required to cope with their environment, foster economic self-sufficiency, and a sense of confidence through exposure to and interventions in Technology, Robotics, Literacy, Science and Mathematics.

We support socio-economic development through vocational training and through our expertise and network, we address critical education challenges including the country's shocking literacy performance.

ORT SA Cape is proud to be a member of World ORT and a sister organization to ORT SA.

We work to improve the skills of educators by:

  • Fostering professional learning communities for educators, particularly in rural areas of the Western Cape.
  • Facilitating and funding SETA-accredited Grade R teacher training courses.
  • Engaging in research on teachers and learner assessments.

We work to improve the skills of learners by:

  • Facilitating Constructive Enrichment Afterschool Programmes in rural areas of the Western Cape
  • Facilitating Numeracy, Literacy and Technology

What's in a name?

The name 'ORT' was coined from the acronym of the Russian words Obshestvo Remeslenofo Zemledelcheskofo Truda, meaning The Society for Trades and Agricultural Labour. Obviously much has changed since then and today, ORT in our name stands for the Organisation for Research and Training.

The history of ORT

ORT was founded in Russia in 1880 and now has entities in more than 65 countries worldwide working towards the goal of Educating for Life.

ORT was founded in South Africa in 1936 as a fundraising entity. In 1994, ORT SA in Gauteng and ORT SA Cape in the Western Cape began to implement programmes aimed at improving education outcomes in the country.

Our partners

We are grateful to the incredible men, women and organisations who believe in what we do and make our work possible through their support.

Cape Town Science Centre
Hands on Technologies
Children's Helpers Worldwide
M&C Saatchi Abel
Care for Education
The Oppenheimer Memorial Trust
Iziko Museums of South Africa
Enlighten Education Trust
Matie Gemeenskapsdiens
Stellenbosch University