Lesotho is a small Commonwealth state with a largely rural population of about 2 million. Lesotho faces distinct challenges in economic development and education. 

 

School-age Population by Education Level1

217,958

 

211,705

Secondary

 

Tertiary

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Secondary Education
for the school year ending 20171

71%

 

53%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Tertiary Education
for the school year ending 20181

12%

 

8%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Percentage of female teachers in 1

55.5%

 

52.6%

Secondary (2017)

 

Tertiary (2018)

 

 

1. UNESCO Institute for Statistics Data Centre, retrieved in June 2021

 

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 

 

0.4 113.8
Fixed-telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
0.3 59
Fixed-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
8.9 29
Households with a computer (%)1 Individuals using the internet (%)1

 

 

1. International Telecommunication Union (ITU) ICT Eye Country profile, retrieved in March 2020

Highlights

COL’s current work in Lesotho is primarily in the area of higher education, including through the Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth. Lesotho benefits from the activities organised under the aegis of the Southern African Development Community Centre for Distance Education. Learners from Lesotho have also benefited from COL’s open online courses and other resources.

Partners

Partnerships are fundamental to COL’s work. Strategic partnerships allow COL to broaden its reach and engage at global, regional and national levels, while implementation partners support COL’s work in communities and institutions across Commonwealth Member States. Partners include multilateral organisations, regional bodies, national governments, government agencies, foundations, civil society organisations, public and private (not-for-profit) institutions and the private sector. COL partnerships assist in improving and extending teaching and learning services to people in the developing Commonwealth.

COL’s partners in Lesotho include:

  • Ministry of Education and Training
  • Council on Higher Education
  • Lesotho Distance Teaching Centre
  • National University of Lesotho