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Prince Seeiso of Lesotho visits Catholic school

Prince Seeiso of Lesotho is pictured with a pupil at St Columba’s school (Photograph: Mark Green/Greenimages)

The high commissioner of the Kingdom of Lesotho, Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso, visited St Columba’s College in St Albans, Hertfordshire, last week.

Prince Seeiso is especially interested in improving the standards of science, design and technology in his country, so was keen to spend time in the science block, and in the design and technology workshops. In the picture above he is seen with Ciaran (lower sixth) and David Buxton, headmaster. Ciaran has just explained to the prince that his new design for the iPad is much better than the original.

The prince addressed the prep assembly, explaining that Lesotho is a land-locked country, entirely surrounded by the Republic of South Africa. When asked by one small boy “what was it like being a prince?” Prince Seeiso replied that “it was a blast when I was young, but got much harder as I gained more responsibility”.

Sixth-formers gave a presentation of the college’s work with twinned schools in Zambia at a reception given by the headmaster and governors. Prince Seeiso has founded, with Prince Harry, his own charity to give less privileged children in Lesotho a chance of some schooling, and so found St Columba’s work in Africa most encouraging. The boys at St Columba’s take an active role in raising funds for overseas aid and development: as well as supporting Zambian schools they have raised more than £37,000 in the last three years for Cafod.

St Columba’s College is in the trusteeship of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, who also run the two top schools in Maseru, capital of Lesotho.