Visits to Lesotho by school groups prove to be challenging and informative for pupils from both countries. Two Church of England Academies, Venerable Bede in Sunderland and Ian Ramsey in Stockton, make regular visits to their partner schools, St Stephen’s High School, Mohale’s Hoek, and Boqate High School, Maseru. Over a two week period pupils spend time in class with their Basotho counterparts, and one reflected,” We made some great friends at the school and I was surprised how similar students in Lesotho are to us in the UK”. Another commented, “it was great hanging out with students from a different country and they taught us some of their language”.

During their visit students from Durham help to run weekend activity camps for child headed households. These experiences can have a profound effect on pupils and staff alike. One student remarked, “Seeing the children from the child headed households after coming to the link centre for a break from looking after family was amazing listening to them”.


 Photos from the Venerable Bede CE Academy

 Video from the Ian Ramsey CE Academy

Thirteen school friends from Ian Ramsey CE Academy's ten day trip to Lesotho in October / November 2014
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