Molo Mhlaba: A Khayelitsha school for girls by girls

Molo Mhlaba: A Khayelitsha school for girls by girls

- A new school has opened in Khayelitsha to serve the underprivileged kids in the community

- The school is run by women who founded the school because they were not satisfied with what the government was doing to help these kids

- The school offers a state of art curriculum including coding and robotics

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Molo Mhlaba is school unlike any other and is a breath of fresh air in South Africa's ailing education system. The young pupils at the school are busy painting, threading cylinders onto a tube and building puzzles.

A library features books translated in Xhosa including one by the late Stephen Hawking. A dress-up holds a stethoscope instead of fairy dresses.

The children learn coding, robotics and are equipping the youngsters for the world of tomorrow. The school is the brainchild of Dr Rethabile Sonibare (acting principal), Athambile Masola, and the board members of a non-profit the two women established in 2013 called the Thope Foundation.

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The school is run by black women for young girls. Sonibare is a mother herself and was not satisfied with what was on offer for her child and decided to change how things worked and founded her own school.

Molo Mhlaba is a fitting name, it means hello world in English. The kids who come to the school are not geniuses but normal kids, some could not even read and Sonibare said that there are not small holes in the system but crates which let these kids down.

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Sonibare hopes that Molo Mhlaba will be the start of a chain of schools which serve the underprivileged kids across the country.

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