Miratho are informal bridges usually constructed by community members during times of floods or other natural disasters to get across from one village to another.
These self-made bridges are usually dangerous, unstable and only the brave tend to use them.
In particular, students who study outside their village may find themselves stranded and unable to go to school.
When community members then build miratho, opportunities for these students to access the schools of their choice are created.
We have chosen the Venda word ‘Miratho’ for our project name because it symbolizes being determined to access education even in the face of dangers, and to work with others to make progress.
Working with the youth-led Thusanani Foundation ((https://www.thusananifoundation.org/), our four year mixed methods research project will investigate the multi-dimensional dynamics or factors shaping rural and township students’ effective opportunities to access higher education, flourish and participate, and move from higher education to work. Amongst our key objectives, is developing a multi-dimensional learning outcomes index as an instrument of public debate and of policy decisions which can capture this interconnected information that otherwise cannot be presented concisely.