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

252,236

 

235,616

Secondary

 

Tertiary

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Secondary Education
for the school year ending 20121

62.3%

 

44.5%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Tertiary Education
for the school year ending 20121

13.1%

 

8.7%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Percentage of female teachers in 1

55.7%

 

48.7%

Secondary(2012)

 

Tertiary (2012)

 

 

1. UNESCO Institutue for Statitics Data Centre, retrieved in May, 2015

 

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 

 

2.8 86.3
Fixed-telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
0.1 7.4
Fixed-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
6.4 5
Households with a computer (%)1 Individuals using the internet (%)1

 

 

1. International Telecommunication Union (ITU) ICT Eye Country profile, retrieved in April, 2015