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Lesotho Teacher Placement Programme
Every year Dolen Cymru sends teachers from Wales out to Lesotho to teach in the local schools
Here's some more information about LTPP and the 2013 groups experience

Let's take a look...

It all started back in 2006
Carrie Roberts
Claire Bradford
Claire Slade
Robert Liscombe
Rebecca Sykes
Chris Gozzard
Richard Laming
Sian Hilton
Rachel Davies
Glesni Evans
Sharon Flint (Mentor)
Alyssia Clare
Anna Davies
Jessica Walker
Helen Dawson
Rhiannon Hazlewood
We hope that it is as successful as the past placements. Join us in wishing them good luck!
Tracy Lewis
Victoria Leech
Claire Langley-Jones
Rhian Smart
Carys Williams
Sian Taylor
Julia Koops
Harvey Jones
Bethan Morris
Sarah Knight
Sarah Carter
Sarah Brandrick
Joanne Roberts
Georgina Summers
Rachel Prout
This is known as the Lesotho Teacher Placement Programme - LTPP
Hayley Miles
Adrian Miles
Joanne Roberts
Sue Murray
Silje Sodal
Danielle Bumford
Helen Wales
Rachel Smith
Fiona Roberts
Dolen Cymru would also like to say a big
thank you
to all the teachers who have been a part of the programme so far and to all those who have helped organise it, without you it would not have been possible.
You have all changed the lives of people in Lesotho in so many ways, and for that we are very grateful!
So when did the LTPP begin?
Since then over 40 teachers have been on a placement to Lesotho
They taught in schools in Qacha's Nek
The team only returned from their placement at the end of May, 2013
Alyssia was based at St Joseph's Primary School
Alyssia's grade 3 class
after an art lesson
Here's what Alyssia had to say...
"The most exciting and rewarding 5 months experience I've ever had.
I have gained confidence in my teaching, made lifelong friends and seen a whole new world.
Lesotho Wins Again!"
Sophie was based at St Michael's School.
"It was a challenge of a lifetime that tested my character, allowed me to embrace all things Basotho, touched my heart & made me realise just how lucky & fortunate I really am."
Helen worked at Qacha's Nek Government Primary School and Qacha's Nek High School too!!
Lowri Rees
Anne Loughran
Lisa Collins
Joanne Roberts
Sioned Morris Jones
Sarah Warren
- To be chosen for the programme
- To be one of a unique body of teachers
- To contribute to the lives of children, teachers and the community
- To learn from them
- To be a part of a different culture
- To be accepted, nurtured and cared for
Claire Bradford
Sophie Dark
Katie Morgan
Anna Liddell
Sophie's Highlights
"My highlight was the period my parents came to see us."
My students performed 'Sospan Fach'
My mum taught an art lesson
My Dad cremated the house rat
I raced a student who had been punished for speaking Sesotho
A school that she has links with in Swansea raised some money which she divided between the five link schools.
Sophie also arranged a surprise pizza party for all the students at her primary school.
Sophie has many funny stories to share, here is one of them...
"There was a two day district workshop which approximately 116 teachers attended.

Food was ordered from a local B&B; chicken was on the menu.
All 115 meat eaters had food poisoning and were marched to the local hospital. Needless to say day 2 was cancelled.
The following day (day 2 of the workshop) we met the DRT & greeted her in the usual Basotho style, however the usual response was replaced with "I have been running". At first I was a little confused but had myself been running back & forth to the toilet the night before, fortunately for Claire the vegetarian there was no running.
"We bought various things for our respective schools. I spent several afternoons after school at the local hardware store making mini chalkboards."
Sophie's aim was to have the children enjoy school as much as possible.
She introduced pass the parcel to them.
"They were a little bewildered to begin with, but once they got a gist of the game they loved it!"
Claire enjoyed the experience so much that she also went on the LTPP 2012 as a mentor.
The teachers from across Wales fly out to Lesotho, which is paid for by the British Council.
Map of Lesotho
As an LTPP teacher you would spend 5 months teaching in your allocated school.

Now, lets have a look at some of the past experiences
Claire Bradford taught at Hoohlo Primary School in Maseru.
We would also like to say a big
thank you
to the Welsh Government. Without their funding the programme would not be possible.
2012 saw the introduction of a 1 month funded placement in Wales.
At the end of their placement the six teachers flew back to Wales
This year’s cohort were placed in Bangor and are sharing their experiences with trainee teachers and teachers in schools as well as delivering workshops for pupils aged between 3 and 18 with a 'Lesotho Experience Day'.
Lets get a taste of their experiences
You will also get to spend some time in the capital city, Maseru
So why take
part in the

Alyssia's Experience
"We made paints out of food colouring, collected containers to make them in and used recycled materials to paint with. It was a crackin lesson and the children's first experience of painting."
What about NQTs?
LTPP is not just about the schools, it’s about developing new teachers.

It’s incredible to go to your first real school and it be in Africa!
And your CPD (Continuous Professional Development)...
• Make you more employable
• To gain international teaching experience
• Higher payment opportunities in the future
• To learn a new language!
• To share good practice with other countries and/or schools
• Assist in the development of the communities that you will be working in
• To develop an awareness of cultural differences
• Be able to share experiences of different cultures and places with learners
• It's an opportunity to travel to new places!!!
Here are their stories...
Alyssia's school mentor, 'Me' Matumelo Mohasi was a huge fan of Wales!
Rhiannon taught at Qacha's Nek High School
...Qacha's Nek Government Primary School
This is what Rhi had to say about her time in Lesotho...
"A culture so dissimilar to our own but welcoming with open arms"
"Basotho people are warm, generous, friendly and more than willing to help"
Anna taught at Qacha's United Primary school...
Anna painted a beautiful mural on one of the school buildings
"I am proud to be Welsh and am extremely passionate about the Welsh language..."
"...Being part of this programme enabled me to share my passion by being an ambassador for Wales on an international level."
"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel, work, learn, enjoy and make new friends in a country that is so different, yet so similar to Wales"
Jess taught at Makhalong Primary School...
...The biggest school with nearly
"Like Wales, Lesotho is a land of beautiful scenery, powerful voices and big hearts"
"When you walk into the classroom and see the eager, smiling faces, your heart melts and you are home"
"I did this placement to remind myself why I went into teaching"
"School is not taken for granted, it is valued, and that is something we don't always find in the UK.
The children in Lesotho have so little...they seize any chance to learn"
Lesotho is a small country within the borders of South Africa
Gwlad fechan o fewn ffiniau De Affrica yw Lesotho
Dyma wlad brydferth sy’n meddu ar hanes a diwylliant unigryw.
Lesotho is a beautiful country steeped in rich culture and history.
Maseru yw’r brifddinas. Gelwir pobl Lesotho yn Basotho, a’r iaith yw Sesotho, er bod Saesneg yn cael ei defnyddio’n helaeth.
The Capital city is Maseru. The people of Lesotho are called the Basotho and the language they speak is Sesotho although English is also widely spoken.
Rhannu diwylliant a thraddodiadau Cymreig
Canu Caneuon Cymraeg
Bore da/ P’nawn da…
Byddwch yn lysgennad dros Gymru!
Become an ambassador for Wales!
Sing Welsh songs
Teach Welsh greetings:
Share Welsh culture and traditions
Opportunity to travel…
Cyfleoedd i deithio…
Hluhluwe Safari Park
And here we are!

The LTPP team of 2013, to answer your questions.

Please ask us anything!
So where is Lesotho and what else can I expect from the Programme?
"This experience was amazing and really helped to develop planning and management skills, as well as being a great chance to travel and see the world"
"This experience is fantastic for your professional development and also looks really good on job applications"

Sharon taught at Hermitage Primary School
Sharon used all her talents when in Lesotho...
Sharon ran a number of successful art projects in her school
"My time teaching at Hermitage Primary School was amazing. I was hugely supported by my teachers and was free to work with all age groups and set up a library and art space"
"Sharon encouraged us and inspired us. She kept us as a team and was always there to support us. She also knew how to have fun too..."
The team working hard on a project
"It has been a role with new challenges and fresh insights into working with others. It has been extremely satisfying to start a project with such important sustainable outcomes like Lesotho Literacy Leap" (Sharon Flint)
Primary Education – is free for all children in Lesotho in Government schools. Some pay a fee for Church schools.
Facilities – are very basic. Few schools have electricity and many have a lot of wear and tear, such as smashed windows, leaking roofs, uneven floors and broken locks.
New Curriculum

The Schools

Primary Education – is free for all children in Lesotho in Government schools. Some pay a fee for Church schools.

Facilities – are very basic. Few schools have electricity and many have a lot of wear and tear, such as smashed windows, leaking roofs, uneven floors and broken locks. Some of the newly built schools are in good condition with new desks and even dry-wipe whiteboards.

Equipment – The Ministry of Education provide basic stationary (pencils, colour pencils, sharpeners and rubbers), exercise books, drawing books, textbooks and Science & Maths equipment.

The New Curriculum – has been implemented across the country in Grade 1, 2 & 3. Grade 4 will be introduced potentially in January 2014. Standard 5, 6 & 7 are still following the old syllabus teaching the subjects – English, Sesotho, Maths, Science, Social Studies, Agriculture, Religious Studies, Home Economics, Life skills, Health Education, Sports and Arts & Music.

School life – School starts at 7.45am and finishes between 2 – 4pm for different classes. The academic year is split into 4 quarters – January to April; April – June; August – October; October – December. There are many events in each quarter – Traditional dancing ball games beans pap, moroho samp; pap and milk.

Lesotho Literacy Leap

School life
School starts at 7.45am and finishes between 2 – 4pm for different classes.
The academic year is split into 4 quarters – January to April; April – June; August – October; October – December.
There are many events in each quarter – Traditional dancing, ball games and athletics to name a few
School dinners - Papa & moroho (cabbage), beans, papa, moroho & an egg, samp, papa & milk.
During 2013 the
for Grade 1, 2 & 3 was introduced across Lesotho. This involved a years pilot scheme in some schools and then 5 days of training for all Grade 1-3 teachers.
2013 was a year of change and frustration for many teachers with the implementation of the new curriculum.

The LTPP 2013 teachers led workshops in Qacha’s Nek District to help with this transition from a didactic to interactive curriculum.
WHAT NEXT – We are fundraising to return to Lesotho to continue these workshops with the support of the Ministry of Education – to lead more training for advisory teachers; set up a Reading scheme for some schools; monitor and evaluate the training in Qacha’s Nek district. Look out for our project –
Lesotho Literacy Leap!!
These workshops focused on the GAPS in the curriculum – such as How to teach English Phonics; how to use play and interactive techniques to facilitate learning and How to plan schemes of work thematically.
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