Molo Mhlaba Schools, is a nonprofit organization that supports young girls with STEAM education, early literacy development, reproductive health education and awareness as well as advocacy and coordination of large-scale policy development and implementation initiatives. The Molo Mhlaba Schools Network is a venture whose mission is to provide safe, affordable, quality education for girls in their communities. Our model is:
- Extended school day: The school day is from 7:30am to 4pm so that working parents can drop of children and collect them, children are kept safe and engaged through experiential afterschool care programs run by the school and therefore creating additional employment opportunities for women in the community.
- Nutritious meals: Learners are served two hot meals (breakfast and lunch) and two snacks to ensure healthy minds and bodies. This is done through existing partners like the Lunchbox Fund who provide fortified porridge, powdered milk, rice and lentils. We have a fully functional catering kitchen onsite.
- Highly qualified teachers: with a teacher to learner ratio of 1:25 means that we have smaller classrooms that make for better learning environments and a manageable workload for teachers and their assistants. Teachers are highly qualified mentors enrolled in Continued Development Programs and recruited from the same community as the school (Khayelitsha).
- Located in the same communities as the children: By housing schools in the same communities as the children, we reduce the travel time required between getting to and from schools, save parents money on additional transport costs and positively impact the mental health and identity of learners by showcasing what is POSSIBLE in their communities. We will model both teacher excellence and what a high impact STEAM school for children looks like in underserved communities.
- Leadership training for children and teachers: We will invest in active leadership training programs for both faculty and learners at the Molo Mhlaba Schools. By growing a cohort of inspired teachers and learners, we are contributing to active citizenry from an early age so that children grow to be strong, confident and resilient women ready to take on the challenges of Africa.