Lesotho is a small Commonwealth state with a largely rural population of about 2 million. Lesotho faces distinct challenges in economic development and education. The country has become a strong COL partner and has contributed to COL’s budget since 2006.

 

School-age Population by Education Level1

244,535

 

239,225

Secondary

 

Tertiary

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Secondary Education
for the school year ending 20151

62.0%

 

45.7%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Tertiary Education
for the school year ending 20141

11.7%

 

8.0%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Percentage of female teachers in 1

75.6%

 

55.6%

Secondary(2015)

 

Tertiary (2015)

 

 

1. UNESCO Institutue for Statitics Data Centre, retrieved in May, 2017

 

Literacy rate (2009)1

85.0%

 

65.5%

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Female

 

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Male

 

 

Economic Activity (2010)1

68%

 

64%

Adult (15+) economic activity
Female

 

Adult (15+) economic activity
Male

 

 

Political Decision Making (2014)1

27%

Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament

 

 

Life expectancy (2012)1

52

 

49

Female

 

Male

 

 

1. COL gender country profile April 2015 

 

2.1 105.5
Fixed-telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
0.1 37.7
Fixed-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
7.5 16.1
Households with a computer (%)1 Individuals using the internet (%)1

 

 

1. International Telecommunication Union (ITU) ICT Eye Country profile, retrieved in May, 2017