Challenges in Lesotho

Challenges facing Lesotho children and youth:

  • Many students have to walk up to 2 hour each way to school;
  • Many have had nothing to eat and are unable to concentrate;
  • Many are without the required uniforms and shoes to stay warm and healthy;
  • Many come from homes where a parent, sibling or relative is sick with HIV/AIDS;
  • Child-headed households are quickly on the rise;
  • Most children and youth must look after sick people, work in the fields, fetch water and sticks for the fire or look after the animals; and
  • Only 20% of youth in Lesotho are able to attend to high school because school fees must be paid to attend.  Most cannot pay the fees or purchase uniforms and books required to attend high school and are forced to sit at home.

Challenges facing Lesotho schools:

  • Teachers have few resources to work with;
  • Teachers must board at the school during the week and often live in horrible housing conditions;
  • Government funding for teachers is severely inadequate;
  • Many teachers do not have the training to properly educate the children;
  • School buildings are old and crumbling and there is no money for maintenance or repair; and
  • Many pit latrines (toilets) are often full and must be emptied or replaced (without proper toilet facilities many girls will not come to school.)