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Lesotho, South Africa

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Richmond Park School has partnered up with Mochotlong Primary School in Lesotho. We have been involved in a teacher exchange project where teachers from each school have visited each other to learn more about each other's countries and cultures. Please click on the links on the left to find out more information about our link with Lesotho. 

Lesotho teachers visit June 2014

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Click the video above to see some of the fantastic experiences we had during their visit (please refresh the page if the video doesn't automatically appear). 

During June 2014, we were delighted to welcome teachers from our link schools in Mokhotlong Lesotho, as well as Switzerland to Richmond Park School. 

The link was aimed at providing their teachers with an insight into the education system in Wales, as well as to provide them with an opportunity to sample our culture and heritage. Ntate Leoto and Ntate Albert from Lesotho in particular benefitted from the visit as their education and livelihood is vastly different to our own. Did you know that some of their classes have up to a hundred children being taught at one time by one teacher? 

We were also happy to welcome Mr Keller from Switzerland into our Year 5 class for three weeks. He helped out with various groups throughout his stay and even taught a few lessons across the school, sharing some traditional Swiss tales with our children. 

During the visit, all teachers were treated to a variety of event, including a trip to the cinema, bowling, Abergwili museum, Llnasteffan Castle, meals out, the Mokete in Lampeter, etc. All three teachers spent time in a variety of classrooms and were able to spend some time teaching our children. Our staff are looking forward to our next visit to Lesotho to learn more about their culture and education system. 

Special thanks must go to Mr Macey for hosting the Lesotho teachers all week, to Mrs Davies for planning the week and arranging the administration for their visits, to Mrs Morris for hosting Mr Keller for a couple of nights, to Mr Howells for welcoming Mr Keller into his class for three weeks and to every member of staff for giving up their valuable time in making our visitors feel so welcome! What an experience!

Visit to Lesotho February 2013

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During the February half term, Mrs Heckler and Mrs Rees-Jones embarked on a 'life changing experience' when they visited our partner school in Mockotlong, Lesotho.

Their journey took them on an adventure which allowed them to sample some of the beautiful sights of this country. They were treated like royalty as they visited the local primary school. The smiles on the children's faces when they presented them with gifts from Richmond Park School were priceless. As a school, every class created a game as a gift to take out there for their children to play with. The school was also presented with various books and supplies from Richmond Park, including scissors, glues, pens, etc. The children and staff were so grateful for everything they received, with one teacher even commenting that 'all my prayers have been answered'. 

We will continue to study this fascinating country in school during our Geography lessons and will continue to forge close links with our link school. Mrs Heckler and Mrs Rees-Jones even took pen pal letters from the children at Richmond Park School for their children. We are now eagerly awaiting a reply to these letters and look forward to welcoming their teachers to Wales in the near future. 

Please click the pictures below to see some of the wonderful sights that Mrs Heckler and Mrs Rees-Jones experienced:

 

 

Visit to Lesotho, February 2012

During February half term 2012, Mr Evans and Mrs Davies both visited our link primary school in Mokhotlong, Lesotho. They were given the opportunity to learn more about their culture and to teach the children in the school. Please visit the 'Events' section of the website to see all the pictures of their visit.

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Lesotho workshop July 2012

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Years 5 and 6 were recently visited by a group of Welsh teachers who have just returned from Lesotho having taught in a number of schools there since January. The workshops supplemented the activities that have already been undertaken following the visit to Mokhotlong LEC School in Lesotho by Mr Evans and Mrs Davies in February. 

The children were shown how to make footballs out of recycled carrier bags just like the Lesotho children and also re-enacted the work carried out in fields and the countryside by women with young babies strapped to them. They particularly enjoyed learning the traditional 'Gumboot Dance' and quickly picked up the steps to perform with much enthusiasm! Thanks to the visiting teachers for a very enjoyable and informative morning. 

 

 

Lesotho teachers visit Richmond Park 2011

In October 2011 we welcomed two teachers from Mokhotlong Primary School, Lesotho to Richmond Park School. They had the opportunity to observe lessons throughout the school, visit local attractions and to absorb themselves into our culture. Please click on the pictures below to see some of their experiences during their visit.

 

 

Information about Lesotho

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As a school, we have formed a link with a primary school in Mokhotlong, Lesotho. Over a 3 year project, teachers from Lesotho will be coming to join us in Richmond Park, Carmarthen to gather a better understanding of our culture and teaching, as well as some of our teachers visiting Lesotho in return to immerse themselves in their culture. 

The Kingdom of Lesotho is made up mostly of highlands where many of the villages can be reached only on horseback, by foot or light aircraft. 

During the winter, shepherds wearing only boots and wrap-around blankets have to contend with snow. 

While much of the tiny country, with spectacular canyons and thatched huts, remains untouched by modern machines, developers have laid down roads to reach its mineral and water resources. 

Major construction work has been under way in recent years to create the Lesotho Highlands Water Project to supply South Africa with fresh water. 

Resources are scarce - a consequence of the harsh environment of the highland plateau and limited agricultural space in the lowlands. So, Lesotho has been heavily dependent on the country which completely surrounds it - South Africa. 

Over the decades thousands of workers have been forced by the lack of job opportunities to find work at South African mines. South Africa has on several occasions intervened in Lesotho's politics, including in 1998 when it sent its troops to help quell unrest. 

Poverty is deep and widespread, with the UN describing 40% of the population as "ultra-poor".