Unique school shaping girls’ future

The future of the South African education landscape is undergoing a radical change and the new buzz word is “disrupting education”, simply meaning alternative education.

And a plethora of independent schools is on the rise, giving parents an alternative to the ailing public school system and the excessively costly private schools.

In Cape Town’s Khayelitsha township, the Molo Mhlaba schools project was started as an after-school programme for girls by the Thope Foundation in 2015. It was initially aimed at primary school girls in grades six and seven.

“We realised that if we were going to make a sustained and meaningful impact, we needed the girls for more than the two years we had them in the programme,” said Molo Mhlaba board member Athambile Masola.

“Our pupils all come from poor homes, some from the informal settlements nearby. We chose Khayelitsha because we were already working in the area. We started our after-school programme at Chumisa primary.”

Masola is of the opinion that starting an all-girl, low-fee private school made sense as it allowed them a long-term relationship with the girls and lay the kind of foundation they needed for the girls to succeed later in life.

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