A ray of hope for Khayelit­sha girls

Vuk'uzenzele - - Front Page - Al­li­son Cooper

KHAYELIT­SHA’S FIRST low-fee pri­vate school for girls Molo Mh­laba be­lieves that peo­ple liv­ing in poor com­mu­ni­ties de­serve safe, af­ford­able and qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion.

Plagued by es­ca­lat­ing crime, poverty and in­equal­ity, it was tough to find good ed­u­ca­tion for girls in a safe en­vi­ron­ment in the Khayelit­sha town­ship. This is no longer the case as Molo Mh­laba is steadily clos­ing the gap by of­fer­ing qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion that can set girls up for life.

Headed up by Dr Retha­bile Soni­bare, Molo Mh­laba – which means 'hello' world in English - opened its doors with a mere hand­ful of learn­ers aged be­tween three and six in Jan­uary 2018. A short ten months later, it has 38 foun­da­tion phase learn­ers in its charge.

In­spired by the Montes­sori ap­proach and a fun, play­ful and creative en­vi­ron­ment, the school pro­vides qual­ity sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing, art and de­sign and maths (STEAM) ed­u­ca­tion, through in­no­va­tive teach­ing and learn­ing strate­gies, by teach­ers from the com­mu­nity. It is a dual English and Xhosa medium school.

“As a STEAM school, we of­fer sub­jects such as ro­bot­ics and cod­ing to three and four year olds,” Dr Soni­bare con­firmed.

In an area where sex­ual abuse is one of the big­gest so­cial ills, Molo Mh­laba pro­vides a safe haven and

Molo Mh­laba is steadily clos­ing the gap by of­fer­ing qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion that can set girls up for life.

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