History of HCLC

The Heldervalley Community Learning Centre (HCLC) was founded in January 2000. It was established to uplift previously disadvantaged children and adults living mainly on farms in the Helderberg Wine Farming Community.

HCLC used a building adjacent to a Farm School and renovated it over time. In 2003, a generous donation from the South African Wine Industry Trust (SAWIT) enabled the HCLC to extend the existing room and buy and install 25 networked computers and server with a broad range of WCED curriculum-based software, internet and email facilities.

In 2004 the HCLC was supported by the Western Cape Education Department when it became a member of their Khanya project. Khanya provided a facilitator to assist with the training of nine teachers to enhance curriculum delivery and also to assist with technical and logistical support.

During the 3rd semester of 2009 the computer laboratory at the centre was the first school in the winelands to receive upgraded software. The software incorporated the class work.

In December of 2012 the adjacent school, Tonko Bosman, closed down as a result of diminishing numbers and learners were transferred to another school, Raithby Primary, approximately 3km further in the suburb of Raithby.

Following this development, the Centre was modified during 2013 to provide a facility for learners to use for development purposes and as a resource facility for members of the larger community as well as a pre-school facility and creche.  The facility continues to provide a resource for school research, and use of the curriculum based software to enhance Learners’ school work.  Numerous learners from surrounding farms continue to be transported on a weekly basis to the centre for a formal curriculum based lesson in either Mathematics, Literacy or Perception.

In 2014 the computers in the Centre were at a stage where they required urgent need of upgrading to ensure that the Centre keeps apace with technological changes and the ongoing learning requirements of the surrounding community. We explored various options of achieving this and developed a partnership with TTAG Solutions.  They assisted us in upgrading some of our computers, donated a video projector and are available to assist us as we look to continue increasing our devices. We purchased learner focused tablets and are moving forward.