Dolen Cymru Lesotho are delighted to announce that we will be hosting 47 visitors from Wales’ twin country, Lesotho in Southern Africa throughout June 2023. Since we have been able to re-start our volunteer placement and exchange opportunities after COVID-19, we are excited to offer for the first time, placements for learners in addition to teachers. During the last week of June, schools from across Wales will host a 10-day co-funded visit for 14 teachers and 28 students from 10 schools in Lesotho. In combination with Taith funding we have been able to offer places to extra pupils through the fundraising generosity of our school communities.
The 20 partner schools are taking part in a global learning project called ‘Thinking the World’ which saw 69 teachers and pupils visit Lesotho earlier this year to work with their partners on the Sustainable Development Goals. Following the visit to Wales all groups will continue to lead local actions for their chosen SDG with a final online event planned for World Children’s Day in November 2023.
Also included in this visiting group are 5 education professionals who are in Wales for 4 weeks participating in a Wales Teacher Placement – part of British Council Wales’ International Education Programme. They are currently hosted in Carmarthenshire and are working with a number of Primary schools including Ysgol Penygaer, Ysgol Bryngwyn, Ysgol Glan y Môr, Ysgol Stebonheath and Ysgol Bigyn.
The collaborative learning that has taken place in these 10 school partnerships and the Wales Teacher placement will be showcased at our ‘Mokete’ celebration event at the Temple of Peace on the 30th June 2023. We are thrilled to confirm that Jeremy Miles MS, Minister for Education and Welsh Language, will open our event and His Excellency Nehemia Sekhonyana Bereng, High Commissioner for the Kingdom of Lesotho, will close the day with some incredible singing from our Basotho friends.