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October 2021

Lesedi: in the homeland during Corona

Between Johannesburg and the border with Zimbabwe, and not far from Mokopane, lies a former homeland in a hilly area with enormous, weathered woolsack granite and wide valleys. In Madietane, then almost inaccessible by public transport, EmilyMoabelo started a Waldorf institution in 1990, now the Lesedi Waldorf School. The beginnings were simple. A kindergarten began in the hall of a church congregation, on bare concrete floors.

Many people helped and did their utmost for this little school far away from ‘modern’ civilisation, to which it is now connected because of the hook-up to the electricity grid. For many years, the school has been run by Sylvester Msiwangi and is flourishing. During the most difficult Corona phase, he took care of all the necessary measures and was able to prevent the school from being used as a field hospital. After a long period of teaching exclusively through WhatsApp, he and his colleagues managed to create conditions for holding online lessons, and socially distanced gatherings. To the delight of the pupils this work succeeded!


Nana Goebel


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