Providing Lesotho's Children with Keys to the World
This is the story of our efforts to end the vicious cycle of poverty, disease, inadequate education, and early death
in a remote rural community in Lesotho, Africa, by providing quality education and life skills
to the young children there. Join us on our journey ...
If furthering the mission of L2L was the goal for the 2014 trip to
Lesotho, the trip was a success.The
village of Kokobe and its elementary school was the destination for the L2L
team.Another breathtakingly beautiful
setting in the mountains of Lesotho awaited the volunteers.Travel was arduous and accommodations were
basic.The enthusiasm of both students
and teachers was infectious and made the trip well worth it.
Students were introduced to the use of a mouse and headsets.Janissa had used the Scratch program to
create some fun lessons to help students manipulate the mouse.The training involved lessons that were tied
to the math curricula. Evenings were spent writing lessons for the next day’s
classes. The lessons were designed to help students’ problem solving skills. Students were engaged in the lessons and both
U.S. and Basotho teachers helped students with the day’s lesson.
Students were trained on how to set up the solar panels and set up
the computers in the classroom.This was
an important step in developing long-term sustainability. L2L president had the following to say about
pacing for the project.
“We may not see a significant impact until the current first
or even until the next
generation. We are trying to make major changes in
the way people learn and think. That takes time. We
have to be very
patient and keep plugging away at this.”
“One thing about our philosophy and approach is
that we have to go at the pace
of the local participants, and we have to accept
that delays or even outright
failures will happen. That has to be part
of their learning and growing process.
learning to succeed is discovering that things aren’t always easy and that
is a possibility if you don’t try hard enough. We as an organization have
the local participants succeed or fail based on their own investment in and
leadership of the project. Then we have to mentor them in
ways to overcome any
failures or setbacks.”
Kokobe teachers were left with the tools to help support their
math curriculum with the XO Laptops.With the project’s goal to develop long-term sustainability, the ball is
now in their court.