Monday, 30 January 2012

St. Peter’s

My school for the next few months is called St. Peter’s. It’s a Catholic primary school in Mokhotlong town. This is the sign welcoming you to our school – our students are known as the anacondas.

Our school has a reception class (a new thing in Lesotho) so they can come to school from 4 years old. After that the children go into classes 1 – 7.  Children can begin school at any age and they have to pass a test at the end of each year before they go up to the next, so there can be many different ages in each class. For example, in class 7, the students are aged 
between 12 and 18.

The school is very popular, so many children come here. This means that classes are very big, usually about 90. One of my classes is Class 6 which has 97 children in – here they are!

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

I’m back!


For anyone who didn’t read this blog last year, my name’s Claire Bradford and I’m a teacher from Cardiff. I’m in Lesotho for five months on a placement sponsored by the Welsh Assembly Government, to promote links between Lesotho and Wales, and to assist with ESDGC development. The blog and linked photo albums are intended as a learning resource for pupils and teachers.

Last year I taught in the capital of Lesotho, Maseru. This time I’m in the mountain town of Mokhotlong. You can see where it is on the map here.
From this week until the end of May, I’ll be teaching in a school called Saint Peter’s Primary School, but also visiting other primary and secondary schools in the area, so will post up stories, reports, information and photos about the schools and daily life. I’ll also be making short videos to use as teaching resources, but uploading them to a separate website when I return in June as the internet connection here can be unreliable. If you would like any videos before then, just post a comment and I can upload specific ones. 

If you would like to ask me, my students or colleagues any questions about Mokhotlong or Lesotho, please feel free to post a comment.