Expanding the frontiers of freedom

Expanding the frontiers of freedom

MASERU – Queen ’Masenate Mohato Seeiso says she wants to play her part in expanding the frontiers of freedom for the children of Lesotho.
Speaking at the Queen’s National Trust Fund’s Eighth Annual Garden Tea Party at the Royal Village in Matsieng on Saturday, she said all people want to be free to be who they are.

“People want to be free to express their identities, values, religion and vocation among others,” Queen ’Masenate said.
She said her trust seeks to empower children to pursue education to allow them to have a secure future.
“To me having freedom means going to school and having equal rights and having freedom of speech,” she said.
“In this country we can count ourselves lucky that we are free and our children are free from bondage. Throughout the world millions of children face violence and fear,” the Queen said.

“I would like to believe that our children are free to pursue their interests and their protection. We therefore have a reason to celebrate (our) freedom.” She said expanding cultural freedom is an important goal in human development.
Queen ’Masenate said as the world modernises, the right to education has gained importance in the development of the child.
She said today education demands that we have more diverse teachers and more responsibilities for parents.

“Therefore, securing freedom for children means parents are free to choose the right path for education of their children,” the Queen said.
“This is what the trust is doing for vulnerable children,” she said.

Queen ’Masenate bemoaned the increasing cases of human trafficking as well as all forms of abuse against women and children in Lesotho.
She urged parents to protect their children from all forms of violence that might affect their accessing of education.
She said violence against children can occur anywhere in our communities, homes and schools.
She said the number of orphans is increasing and the Fund needs more resources to improve the lives of children.
“That is what we wanted to do as the Trust Fund,” she said.

The Trust Fund was established by the late Queen ’Mamohato Bereng Seeiso to alleviate the suffering of children.
When Queen ’Mamohato died in 2003, Queen ’Masenate took over the running of the Trust Fund.
The annual event was launched in 2010 to raise funds for the Trust.

The Trust Fund takes care of the needs of under-privileged children whether they are orphans or are living with a disability.
The chairperson of the Trust Fund, Chieftainess ’Matholo Mathealira Seeiso, said the aim of the Trust Fund is to improve the lives of under-privileged children.

She said if they are helped they will have great minds and will make great decisions.
“That will contribute in making their future bright,” she said.
A guest speaker, Dr Lizzet Mobey, said freedom is the ability to move without limitation or restriction.
She said freedom symbolises the choices we make as people.

“However there are certain things that restrict our freedom,” she said.
Mobey said comparing oneself to other people can hinder freedom and steal people’s joy.
She said every person’s life is unique so we should stop comparing ourselves.
She said spending time focussing on how the world defines us can also hinder our freedom.

She said guilt and shame can also restrict our freedom.
“We need to overcome those things in order to move without restriction,” she said.

’Makhotso Rakotsoane

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