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