Welcome to our website

Welcome to the Athlone School for the Blind. Thank you for taking the time to visit our website.


A child is like a butterfly in the wind
Some can fly higher than others
But each one flies the best it can
Why compare one against the other?
Each one is different
Each one is special
Each one is beautiful.

By: Anonymous

About Us

The Athlone School for the Blind is a public school situated in Bellville-South, Cape Town, South Africa. Having been established by the Athlone School for the Blind Association in 1927 to provide education and residential care for blind and visually impaired children from disadvantaged communities, we have a proud history spanning more than 84 years.

Our primary goal is to meet the educational, vocational and therapeutic needs of our learners so as to ensure that they have the appropriate skills, education and competencies to effectively participate in the broader social and economic world.

The school is both a day and boarding school for children from pre-school to grade 12 and accommodates blind, visually impaired and multiply disabled learners. The academic programme followed at the school is the same as in mainstream schools, complying with the curricular standards assessment processes, procedures and promotion requirements. We also offer a vocational training programme for learners who have difficulty coping with the normal scholastic programme. At the end of their vocational training we assist the learner in securing suitable employment in the open market. Failing this, we seek placement in sheltered employment workshops.

Currently the school has 405 learners, 45 educators, 13 non-CS educator support staff and 60 non-CS non-educator staff members. Our multi disciplinary medical support team is involved with the learner from admission date onwards to ensure that he receives the best educational support and interventions suited to his needs. read more...


Sponsor a Child


The education care and nurturance of our children is of the utmost importance. The cost of specialised education, the resources required and support services are expensive.

Your sponsorship can make a world of difference in the life of a blind or multiply disabled child. It will ensure that a child receives specialized education, residential and medical care, 3 meals a day, a school uniform and shoes. Your contribution will guarantee a child an equal chance towards a brighter future. This is all our children ask for a chance equal to that of the able-bodied child, so that they may have the chance to grow up with dignity and a sense of self worth.

R14 per day is the equivalent of 1.50 USD and equates to R5000 / 625 USD per year which covers the following costs for one child for one full year:
  • School fees & stationery
  • Hostel fees
  • School uniform & school shoes
  • 3 meals per day
  • Medical care