Monday, March 10, 2014

A Poem for Tsoaing Primary School (World Wise Post)

My students at Tsoaing Primary School are a very lively bunch. They always want their pictures to be taken!

This blog post is part of a series of activities that I'm doing for the Peace Corps' World Wise program. The program links Basotho and American schools through various activities such as blogs like this one and friendly letters.

Hi kids! I hope you're doing well! Thought I'd share a poem I wrote about my school:

Tsoaing Primary School

Tsoaing Primary is a great school.
Students and teachers are so cool.
We write,
We sing,
We grow,
We pray.
We learn every single day!

Here are a few more tidbits about Tsoaing Primary School:

-Our students wear uniforms that include black sweaters, white shirts, black dresses and gray pants.

-Our teachers wear black and white because those are our school colors.

-Women teachers are called "madams."

-Men teachers are called "sirs."

-There are 15 teachers on staff.

Kids, can you write a poem about your school? If you can, please post it in the comments section.
   Is there anything more specific you'd like to know about Tsoaing Primary School or Lesotho?    Please let me know. I'd be happy to answer your questions.


  1. Thank you for sharing all of this wonderful information, Jennifer! My students here in Virginia have so many questions for you -- too many for me to post today. But here are a few things they wondered:

    1. What organized sports are popular in Lesotho and at your school? Does your school have any clubs?
    2. What methods of transportation are used in your area?
    3. Does Mafeteng have any stores or marketplaces?
    4. What animals live in Lesotho? Do people own pets?

    1. Hi Hattie! Thanks for stopping by! Here are the questions to your answers:
      1) Soccer (known as futbol here) is popular here. My school has a track, netball and futbol teams.

      2) Many people use taxis, horses, donkies and their own two feet for transport. A few people have private vehicles, though. I've written a blog post on this topic and it will run soon so stay tuned!

      3) Yes, mafeteng does have stores. I shop at a western-style grocery store called Shoprite. There's a store called Pep where I buy household things and kicknacks. I'm wondering if this could be a cool blog post? Hmmm...

      4) I have a blog post scheduled on this pretty soon! This is an agricultural society so there are many cattle, sheep, donkies, chickens and pigs. Many Basotho own dogs and cats.

      I've noted your questions and will work on a few posts for you. I'm thankful to you and your students for this connection.

  2. I love your schools song. It was great reading your answers to Mrs. Garrow from her students. Your teaching adventure has been so interesting and I've learned so much. How much longer will you be in Africa? What will you miss most when you return home? What do you miss most about home?

    1. Thanks Crystal! Teaching has been quite the experience here. I have about seven more months left in my service. I will miss the kids when I leave here. And I miss family and friends back home. I'm terribly homesick.