The Story of Mankotseng Lebona Mphahama: Visually-impaired teacher

“I am now proud to be a teacher now”

My name is Mankotseng Lebona Mphahama. I am visually impaired, but despite my disability I had the opportunity to attend Lesotho College of Education, where I pursued a degree in secondary education and specialised in Sesotho and English languages.

During this time I experienced many challenges because there were no assistive devices to help me to learn just like other students, and the lecturers were not willing to accommodate my disability. But now I am proud that I have been employed as a teacher here at Maseru Day High School despite my impairment. My students are really fascinated to see me teaching them, and they are passionate to learn and to pursue their studies further without any hesitation regardless of poverty or disability.

Find out more about Lesotho’s Ministry of Education and Training’s programme to place teachers with disabilities in regular schools.