About Us


Molo Mhlaba Schools is pioneering a new model of education for South African girls living in urban townships. Our goal is to:

Operate the first single sex network of schools that offer STEAM education from early childhood development all through primary schools.

We offer safe, affordable, quality education for girls in their communities thus saving parents money in transport fees and the long daily commutes for learners migrating out of townships into urban areas to access quality education.

By growing into a network of 10 schools, we will operate the biggest dance and art school in South Africa.

By focusing on women and girls, we improve the quality of life for them and their families. Create economic pathways that will affect generations to come.

Our Girlpreneur programme equips young girls with entrepreneurial training and small business start-up funding growing an entrepreneurial business incubator across South Africa.

Molo Mhlaba uses the opportunities presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution to offer a high-quality STEAM based curriculum combined with Montessori education to instill 21st Century skills in women and girls from impoverished backgrounds.


Rethabile Mashale-Sonibare



Molo Mhlaba Schools is the embodiment of what a reimaged education system could be if we are brave enough to do things differently. By combining Montessori pedagogy and STEAM education, we can offer young girls the skills and confidence they will need to thrive in the fast-paced world.

From naming our classrooms after female icons to abridging stories of these icons in the classroom, we elevate the role of women in society and our shared African history.  At the center of our model and schools is the elevation of girls as autonomous, skilled, and confident members of society who embody our values and ethos.

  • Our mission is to provide, safe, affordable, quality education to girls in their communities. Our values: 


  • Respect/ukuhlonipha  

  • Ubuntu/botho

  • Honesty/ukunyaniseka 

  • Caring/ukukhathala 

  • Accountability/uxanduva 

  • Discipline/ingqeqesho

If you believe that girls can transform society, we invite you to join our mission and school,


Sibulele Magini


Dear Friends,

Imagine a Montessori girls-only private school with a strong focus on STEAM education right in the heart of Khayelitsha, well you do not have to imagine it because it exists. It is my pure delight to welcome you to Molo Mhlaba School.
Our school is deliberately designed to promote success for young black girls in the township. We are a proud, not-for-profit, independent school serving the most underserved, underrepresented, and marginalized segment of society, young girls.

Whether you are a parent, a teacher, or someone in search of a great school, you will find a very special school community here—one built on a longstanding commitment to the empowerment of young girls and black communities. We strongly believe that girls deserve a quality education and can be achieved given the right educational environment.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our school. While no website can completely capture the dynamic environment that defines this unique school, I hope that your exploration will provide you with a taste of our amazing community,