US en­voy un­veils new class­rooms

Lesotho Times - - News -

UNITED States Am­bas­sador to Le­sotho Matthew Har­ring­ton last week handed over a block of two class­rooms at Ran­thoto Pri­mary School in Thaba Tseka dis­trict that were con­structed with a grant of $8318 (ap­prox­i­mately M115 500) from the U.S. Am­bas­sador’s Spe­cial Self-help Fund.

The block will pro­vide ad­di­tional in­struc­tional space for ap­prox­i­mately 200 stu­dents.

At the in­au­gu­ra­tion, Am­bas­sador Har­ring­ton said: “The sub­stan­tial U.S. sup­port for these kinds of projects over the years is tes­ta­ment to the strong con­nec­tion be­tween the peo­ple of the United States and the Basotho peo­ple, as well as our shared com­mit­ment to build­ing a pros­per­ous fu­ture for Le­sotho’s chil­dren.”

Since 2010 the US Am­bas­sador’s Spe­cial Self-help Fund has awarded $459,000 (ap­prox­i­mately M5,967,000) in grants to com­mu­nity groups and schools in Le­sotho that are work­ing to im­prove the ba­sic eco­nomic and so­cial con­di­tions of their vil­lages, schools, or com­mu­ni­ties.

Grants are awarded once a year to projects that demon­strate lo­cal ini­tia­tive and self-sus­tain­abil­ity.

Typ­i­cal projects have in­cluded the con­struc­tion of class­rooms, health clin­ics and com­mu­nity cen­tres, agri­cul­tural projects, bore­holes, and pit la­trines.

The US Em­bassy sup­ports projects through- out Le­sotho. In Thaba Tseka, these projects in­clude a new wa­ter sys­tem at Paray Mis­sion Hos­pi­tal; a green­house for Lema Farmer’s As­so­ci­a­tion; sev­eral class­rooms in­clud­ing for Let­sat­seng Pri­mary School, Sephokong Pri­mary School, and Ma­put­soe Pri­mary School; ven­ti­lated pit la­trines for Ma­jara Pri­mary School; and a block of two class­rooms for Li­naka Pri­mary School.

Dur­ing his visit, Am­bas­sador Har­ring­ton met with Peace Corps vol­un­teers serv­ing in the re­gion work­ing in the Ed­u­ca­tion and Healthy Youth pro­grams. Vol­un­teers in the Ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram serve as pri­mary school teach­ers of English, and sec­ondary school teach­ers of math­e­mat­ics.

Vol­un­teers in the Healthy Youth pro­gram work with com­mu­nity-based or­ga­ni­za­tions to con­trib­ute to the pre­ven­tion of HIV/AIDS among youth, as­sist in care and treat­ment of HIV pos­i­tive youth, and help pre­pare youth for their fu­tures.

Am­bas­sador Har­ring­ton also vis­ited the Paray Mis­sion Hos­pi­tal, which will re­ceive the sup­port of the US Pres­i­dent’s Emer­gency Plan for AIDS Re­lief (PEP­FAR) for an ex­pan­sion plan. In ad­di­tion, he toured the High­lands Trout Farm and met with an alumna of the Man­dela Wash­ing­ton Fel­low­ship for Young African Lead­ers (YALI), who works at Bokong Na­ture Re­serve. — Own Cor­re­spon­dent

AM­BAS­SADOR Matthew Har­ring­ton (right) greets Ran­thoto Pri­mary School Prin­ci­pal ‘Mam­pepuoa Nt­seli (left) fol­low­ing the cer­e­mo­nial rib­bon-cut­ting.

THE new build­ing will ease pres­sure of in­struc­tional space in a school that cur­rently has 202 reg­is­tered stu­dents.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Lesotho

© PressReader. All rights reserved.