Lesotho children with their lead teachers

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School Aid has been working with its partners in Lesotho since 2010. Since then we’ve reached some of the country’s most remote schools, shipping over 94,000 books to 137 schools which support 59,022 eager children including a number of orphans and vulnerable children.

We introduced a programme of school reading clubs in 2017 which have proved to be a very successful way of reaching children in remote areas. The children start the session with energising activities, they then move onto a carefully selected story, and as it unfolds they’re encouraged to participate through drama, crafts and creative writing. These clubs help participating primary schools maximise the potential of their resources, and act as a stepping stone to their involvement in the imminent (2018) launch of our school library development programme.
 

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Moso Ranoosi – Lesotho Reading Club Project Officer

Moso was born and educated in Malealea, a village in the Mafeteng district in southern Lesotho, where he was a youth leader, volunteering with HIV/AIDS education in local schools. He was active in the Adult learning circles and trained local facilitators.

 

Refiloe Khau – Lesotho Project and Reading Club Assistant

Refiloe was born in Maseru, Lesotho in 1990. She went to a local school at Mazenod, Maseru. She holds a Diploma in Education Primary from Lesotho College of Education. She worked as a Student Teacher at Tlametlu Primary School in 2012. She has worked as a Class Teacher at Get Together English Medium School since 2014. Refiloe joined School Aid in January 2018 to help deliver an expanding reading club programme.

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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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