Story time at Tsoelo-Pele 'Moho Primary School reading club

New year, new books for Lesotho schools

Children at 22 primary and secondary schools in Lesotho were delighted to have a New Year boost to their reading resources early in 2019. Between them educating more than 13,000 children, the schools are largely based in and around the capital, Maseru, reinforcing our long-standing commitment to this area.  Most were selected by our project and reading club officer, Moso Ranoosi, but we also continue to support three schools in the remote mountain district of Thaba Tseka, where our long-term partner, Dolen Cymru Wales Lesotho Link, is running ongoing literacy programmes.

Some of the recipient primary schools are participants in our now-established reading club programme, introducing youngsters to the joy of reading through colourful stories, drama and drawing. With the generous support of Usborne Books at Home, five new schools will come on board this term, with a further five later in the year.

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9th January 2019
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School Aid makes a difference in Lesotho

A student from a school in Lesotho proudly holds up a book, showing the School Aid stamp on the inside cover.

What a journey that book has had, since it was stamped by a volunteer at the warehouse in Hedgerley, shipped out on a container to Lesotho many months ago, to be then transported by our partners in lorries, across often difficult terrain, to schools in some of the most remote parts of the country.

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School Aid volunteers visit a school in Lesotho

A group of School Aid volunteers who, at their own expense, have flown out to Lesotho to visit schools and communities, were able to see how the reading clubs and books and educational materials have made such a difference to the lives of the children there.

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School Aid volunteers prepare for their visit to Lesotho

In September, six School Aid volunteers will fly to Lesotho, at their own expense, and visit 6 primary schools in Maseru, where they will take part in assemblies, sit in on lessons supporting both children and teachers, interact at play time with the balls and equipment (which they will take with them) and assist the Project Reading Manager, Moso Ranoosi and his Reading Club Assistant, Refiloe Khau.

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Latest shipment to Lesotho leaves warehouse

Volunteers loaded a 20 foot container, which left the School Aid warehouse on 10th January, with 18,620 books, supporting 6,9954 children, at 13 schools and reading clubs. 

This shipment is expected to arrive in Lesotho in mid February and will then be distributed in and around Maseru, the capital of Lesotho.

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Holiday Reading Club at a bike track in Maseru, Lesotho

A Holiday Reading Club, organised by School Aid's Project and Reading Club Officer, Moso Ranoosi, proves to be a success.

The children in the photo are at a bike track in Maseru, which is open through the school holidays. Moso Ranoosi, School Aid's Project and Reading Club Officer, has organised a reading club for the attendant children, who are mostly boys of both primary and secondary age.  

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Reading Clubs in Lesotho are being well attended

Moso Ranoosi, Project and Reading Club Officer in Lesotho, has sent some lovely photos of children attending the reading clubs in Lesotho.

We particularly loved the photo of children re-enacting the story that they had just been read.

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