The Embassy has facilitated a 60 member Irish delegation to Lesotho. The purpose of the trip is to implement a five-year integrated development programme in the country starting this year after completing the same programme in South Africa last year.
The delegation before boarding a plane to Lesotho at Dublin Airport.
The team left for Lesotho on February 11th and is expected to complete this phase of the project on February 24th, 2012. The delegation comprises businessmen, nurses, teachers, community members mostly from the Fingal County and more importantly Portmarnock Community School students and their parents.
Among the components of this programme that will be implemented during this visit will be the twinning of PCS with Hlalele Secondary School in Maseru. This will entail among others, capacity building for teachers in ICTs and Lifeskills which will be undertaken in collaboration with the Lesotho College of Education. This will later include construction of classrooms, office block, toilets and facilities for services to orphans at the school.
The health component – which includes training in emergency services, provision of nursing and dental services and donation of a large number of items including an ambulance vehicle – will be implemented in partnership with the St. Joseph's Hospital and Roma College of Nursing. The programme also includes other sectors such as capacity building of the Police Fire Department and other entrepreneurial activities.
A consignment of goods for donation to the previously identified institutions was dispatched from Ireland and is due to arrive in Lesotho this month.
This endeavour will not only benefit the involved institutions, but will also raise the profile of Lesotho as a preferred tourist destination since the delegation will also make time to travel and explore the beautiful Mountain Kingdom during their stay. The Embassy is collaborating with the Ministry of Education and Training and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Lesotho on this initiative.