According to UNICEF, South Africa spends a bigger share of its gross domestic product on education than any other country in Africa. Yet performance levels are lower than in many other countries in the region.
In addition, South Africa still faces the consequences of the legacy of the ravaging apartheid. This is seen – among other problems – in the mass of impoverished and run-down rural and township schools in poor neighborhoods.
Khayelitsha is one of Cape Town’s most historic and biggest townships housing over 800,000 individuals living in abject poverty. The community is plagued by high levels of HIV, unemployment, high levels of crime and violence and lack of sanitation. This context is especially hard for the upbringing of young girls, who are even more vulnerable to everyday struggles.