Sea of colour as pupils fly the flag

St Aidans school pupils dressed in blue whie and green to represent the Lesotho flag.
St Aidans school pupils dressed in blue whie and green to represent the Lesotho flag.

YOUNGSTERS came together to make a human flag as part of a special assembly to learn more about the lives of disadvantaged African children.

St Aidan’s School, in Loyalty Road, Hartlepool, hosted the assembly yesterday morning to celebrate the African country of Lesotho’s day of independence.

Youngsters were asked to come to school wearing green, white and blue clothes to make a human flag to celebrate the landmark.

The Reverend Philip Ashdown, vicar at St Peter’s Church, in Stockton, has visited the country and he spoke at the assembly to give children a taste of life out there.

The landlocked African country has strong links with the Diocese of Durham and St Aidan’s school is sponsoring two children, aged nine and 10, from the country.

Headteacher Ian Railton said: “The children really seemed to take on board the main message of the day which was to give them an insight into the lives of those less fortunate.

“Rev Ashdown gave a talk and presented a slide show of his experiences in Lesotho.

“He also showed them some of the clothes and also brought with him a Lesotho bible, which is written in Sesotho. I would like to thank Rev Ashdown for coming in and hopefully the school can build new links with the country and we could even see some staff travelling over there.”

The school is sponsoring two secondary school children for a year at a cost of £150 each.

The African country of Lesotho is surrounded on all sides by the Republic of South Africa.

It has a population of about two million people and about 40 per cent of the population live below the international poverty line of less than 80p a day.