Literacy is an instrument of power, which fulfill needs and desires; freedom, justice and the capacity to function with agency and authority within an accommodating environment.
It has always been my desire to be a teacher, it was then in 2014 when I was admitted at Lesotho College Education to start my first year in 2015 as a student-teacher at Thaba-Tseka campus. This increased my desire to be a teacher because teachers do more than teach and their impact extends far beyond the classroom. So all I wanted was to contribute to my community in a meaningful way as there are many illiterate boys due to animal herding.
While I was at teaching practice 2016, I would have evening classes with illiterate boys where I taught them how to read and write but the classes didn’t always involve reading and writing, classes included life skills which helped those struggling with low self-esteem and problems to realize their potential. Imparting life lessons that they never forget put me in a position to influence their decisions, behaviors, strengths, weaknesses and imaginations. I have seen more out of school boys coming to my evening classes. In Lesotho, boys drop out of school and decide not even to go to school. They opt to herd animals as that used to be a practice in the past before formal education could be introduced to Lesotho. This practice has come this far and beyond. Boys especially those living in rural areas are vulnerable. Unless are mentored, they will never realize their future. Herding is not reliable nor a profession that can lead anywhere in life. A herder is paid with one cow per year for that indecent job. This is why my aim to support them so they can make informed decisions. I have seen a significant change in herders’ life; some show responsibility when herding by observing and respecting set bylaws while others get involved in other community projects.
This year, I was engaged in Methaka Youth Network at Thaba-Tseka district established under GIZ, PISA Programme. Methaka is a peer to peer mentoring in order to motivate young people to engage in civic matters. Methaka brought more insights to my vision to transform my community. Since joining Methaka, I have had sessions with young people under different topics which helped them to stay actively involved in civic engagement and now feel empowered as citizens; Are confident and have knowledge on how to participant in the matters that affect them.