Maara House is a primary school situated in the Cape Town City Bowl inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to learning.

Maara, meaning “conscious and aware” in Igbo (a language spoken in Southern Nigeria), is a word which perfectly reflects our mission to create conscious, active, global citizens.

We aim to create a nurturing and stimulating environment in which children’s curiosity is respected, creativity valued, and collaborations supported.

We believe that education is about enabling children to better understand themselves and the world around them thus creating a culture of compassion and awareness. We regard children as naturally rich and resourceful; they simply require the right space to develop and grow. We provide holistic and sustainable education that fosters creativity and consciousness in each and every child. Our role is to nurture a generation of future leaders who are compassionate and active participants in their communities. 

We are an inclusive school. However we are not a remedial school and we do not believe that children need to be ‘fixed’. This informs the place from which we operate. We are inspired by progressive and Reggio-Emilia practices. What this means is that we honour the image of the child and the many languages in which children learn. It also means that we respect the children’s agency to lead their own learning.
Our goal is for children to be able to self-direct their work and be independent learners who can work in an emergent environment. Our practice is geared to supporting the children in achieving this goal.

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”

~ Fred Rogers


We recognise that intelligence is different and multifaceted. We focus on the 100 Languages of Learning (Loris Malaguzzi). As a result, we focus on each child’s individual learning style and potential and assess the personal progress and achievements of each child. Our goal is to create a positive school environment where children are able to consciously take part in the development of their abilities under the guidance of our teachers.


Following the Reggio Emilia approach, our curriculum is process oriented rather than outcome oriented. We focus on developing core competencies ranging from collaboration to communication and citizenship. Our classes are multi-age because we know that children’s abilities are not defined by their age group.


  • When I first found out about Maara House I knew immediately that it would be an ideal environment for my son and it has been just that and more. Maara House is all soul and has given my son a nourishing and loving space in which to explore, learn and grow. The interactive, child-led way of learning is incredibly expansive and the emphasis put on honouring a child’s individuality and unique way of learning has had such a positive effect on him in such a short space of time. Maara House has every child’s best interest at heart and encourages parent involvement so that the wonderful ethos of the school is congruent in the home environment too. This has given us as parents a wonderful opportunity to feel part of the process in a healthy and supportive way. Thank you Maara House for all you have already done for our son and we look forward to continuing on this magical journey with you for many years to come!

  • We are so proud to be one of the founder families of Maara House. It’s a joy to see Yasmin jump out of bed in the mornings and happily rush to get to school. We know that at school the whole child is nurtured and their academic development as well as their developing bodies are supported with lots of outdoors physical activities, consciously selected nutritious food, and any emotional issue that arises individually or from the group is seen not as a problem but as a core curriculum the children can grow with.

    We love the small class and teacher-learner ratio and the sense that each of the kids is valuable and individually respected. We are big fans of the fact that homelinks are a deepening of what they already loving at school, and that it’s something Yasmin loves to do with us. We also love how the children take their learning outside the school walls and every Friday they are on an adventure exploring the world and bringing it into their learning.

    Kuti-Alexander Family
  • After constant morning battles of not wanting to go to school, evident unhappiness escalating to stomach ailments caused by misery and anxiety – I now know what a truly happy child looks like in the mornings! My child’s individualism is finally being recognised and she is treated like a conscious and contributing being. This security enables her to relax enough to embrace, to learn and to develop into the person she is meant to be. I marvel at the depth of knowledge she has absorbed in just a few months. This unique approach to learning supersedes just a mere antiquated intake of information. Through this style, I see my child developing from inside; not only her mind, but her person is developing and it is truly beautiful to behold! Lisa


whatsapp: 082 376 1887 / email: info@maarahouse.co.za 

4 Gordon Street, Gardens, Cape Town

We’ve moved premises.

Contact us to arrange a visit at

4 Gordon Street, Gardens