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The reigning Miss Wales, Gabrielle Shaw from Wrexham, made a special trip to Llanelli last week as part of her Beauty With A Purpose programme.

The 20-year-old law student visited Pentip Church in Wales Primary School to show her support to teacher Kathryn Morgan who is preparing for a five-month trip to Lesotho to teach and mentor teachers in the South African country.

Kathryn’s placement has been arranged by Welsh charity, Dolen Cymru. Their Lesotho Teacher Placement Programme provides an opportunity for qualified teachers from Wales to work in a school in Lesotho for five months and Wales for one month.

The programme focuses on sharing professional skills and improving education in Lesotho while also developing the skills of the Welsh teacher and giving them a unique international experience that enriches their work on their return to Wales.

Since its launch in 2005, fifty teachers have worked in Lesotho on the Lesotho Teacher Placement Programme benefiting over 15,000 pupils and more than 1000 teachers. The programme is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and is supported by the British Council and the Lesotho Ministry of Education.
Kathryn will be leaving for Lesotho in January and in the build up, the pupils of Pentip will be taking part in a series of fundraising activities to purchase basic teaching aids for children in Lesotho such as books, pens and paper.

Kathryn, who lives in Llanelli, has been a teacher at Pentip for 14 years. When she goes to Africa, she will be leaving behind husband of 25 years Paul, and her two daughters, Charlotte aged 20 and 16-year-old Annabel.

She said: “My family and the school have been very supportive. This is something I have wanted to do for a very long time. It’s a wonderful opportunity for me to share what I have learned about teaching to the teachers in Africa who do not have the same resources. It’s also a privilege to be teaching the children and giving them new opportunities.”

It was Miss Wales’s first official appearance since returning from taking part in the 63rd Miss World pageant in Indonesia.

She said: “It’s been lovely to come to Llanelli today and meet the teachers and children of Pentip Church in Wales School. At Miss Wales, we are committed to helping children’s charities as part of Beauty With A Purpose. I wish Kathryn the very best of luck.”

Entries are currently open for young women in Carmarthenshire to apply to become Miss Wales 2014. Entries are being taken online at

Special Features

Each week, BWP will present a new in-depth report on one of the many charity projects worldwide that has benefitted from the work of Julia Morley and the support of Beauty with a Purpose. Keep watching this space for more details on these special features.

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