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.
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