Thuto Shepherds School, Pulane

The Thuto Shepherds School (Thuto means ‘to learn’ in Sotho) opened in September of 2018. The head teacher is Ntate Lazero. 
During September and October 24 students registered, with each paying a fee of 20 Maloti (Lesotho currency 1 Maloti = 0.06 Euro) to register. Their ages range from 12 - 53 years old. All shepherds are very keen to learn.

Four Students are part-time shepherds who also attend a local school.
Students are taught Mathematics 1 and 2; Sotho (the language of Lesotho), English, Bible study. There are three members of staff - teachers Nte Lazero and Nte David and Me Julia who is the cook. Two staff members of The Pulane  Childrens Center assist one evening per week teaching Bible study and English.

The school functions four nights per week and opens at 6pm. A hot meal is served 6:30pm
One problem we have to live with is that boys will be missing some lessons when they take the flocks to the Cattle Post.

Mopeli who lives at PCC does not do well at school, he is unable to read/write/count at the end of his Primary education. We have enrolled him in the Thuto Shepherds School and he does well there, probably because many shepherd boys are in the same position.


The school will run from August to May each year; we plan to close in Winter (during June/July) when it is too cold.
Emily Strugnell, Director, who together with the local management team manages the Pulane Childrens Centre, writes about this new project:

“Night school for local shepherds is a very special project that ‘Mè Jill is leading. These boys and gentlemen are busy learning their alphabet. They aspire to one day read and write.
Shepherds often start working as children looking after their families’ animals. They spend much of their lives exposed to the elements with just their blankets to protect them. They are often overlooked as the lowliest of this culture. 


So this Shepherd School project is a beautiful, practical way to show these men and boys that they are valuable to Jesus.
(This project is funded separately from PCC operations, so if you’re interested in donating to this effort,
send us a message and we’ll get you the details).”

"Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit."


Ephesians 2:19-22 

The International Evangelical Church of the Algarve

Igreja Evangélica Internacional do Algarve (Igreja de Vale Judeu)

Location address (Not suitable for post)

Várzea da Mão 

Estrada da Estação

Vale Judeu

8100-333 Loulé 


Email addresses:

Pastor Mark Loney

Pastor Barry Henry

Youth Pastor Glenn Bowden-


Pastor Mark Loney - 289328635

Judith Loney - 910913087

Portuguese Pastor Barry Henry - 969015091

Youth Pastor Glenn Bowden - 966964073


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