Position South African girls for Success in iSTEAM

by Thope Foundation Vetted since 2017


Molo Mhlaba (Hello World) is a network of primary schools with the first campus located in Khayelitsha, South Africa which provides education for 60 young girls. The first of it's kind within the community, this school focuses on iSTEAM (innovation, science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics) education to provide girls with a well-rounded educational backing which will grow young minds and put them on the path to success.

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While there is universal coverage of education for primary school, girls are still denied the opportunity to learn. Girls find themselves at risk to bullying, teenage pregnancy, drug and alcohol abuse, and gang culture at school. Between Grade 6 and 9, there is a 50% drop-out rate, equating to nearly 500,000 students leaving school. A majority of these students who drop out are girls. For the girls that do stay in school, they continue to be barred from learning because they do not feel safe.


Addressing the issues of safe education spaces for girls, Molo Mhlaba Schools (MM) provide parents and girls with the option of single-sex schooling where girls can learn, be nurtured and mentored by women. With a focus on iSTEAM education MM will give girls the ability to imagine, access, and create the world they live in. By making education safe and fun for girls, MM strengthen the aspirations and opportunities for young girls to escape poverty and successfully transition into womanhood.

Long-Term Impact

Molo Mhlaba Schools will educate 60 girls in its first year from preschool to end primary, creating a generation of graduates who are strong, independent, educated women. These women, with extensive knowledge in the field of math and science will go on to be influential leaders in the future of South Africa. While MM's key focus is creating a safe schooling environment for girls, MM will also create job opportunities, uplifting local women from poverty, and boosting women in the township economy

Organization Information

Thope Foundation

Location: Cape Town, Western Cape - South Africa
Website: https:/​/​www.thopefoundation.org
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @thopef
Project Leader:
Rethabile Mashale
Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa
$3,790 raised of $8,000 goal
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$4,210 to go
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