Quick Facts

  • English and Sotho are the official languages of the country.
  • The country measures out at about 11,000 square miles. That’s roughly the size of Maryland!
  • In 2014, the adult literacy rate (age 15 and up) for Lesotho was 76.6 %. This is a decline from 86.3 % in 2000. 
  • More than 40% of the population live below the poverty line
  • Lesotho’s adult prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS is the second highest percentage in the world at 25%. It has disproportionately affected rural, working-age populations.
  • About 75% of the population in Lesotho live in rural areas.
  • Lesotho is a high-altitude country, 2161 meters above sea level. It is also famously known as “The Kingdom in the Sky”.

Lesotho

535 libraries started 

Lesotho is a tiny country nestled in the middle of South Africa. Founded as a kingdom in the 1820s, Lesotho was a British protectorate for almost 100 years before regaining independence in 1966. Today, the country is one of the world’s smallest constitutional monarchies known for its beauty and unique culture. 

Education in Lesotho: Since 2000, primary school education in Lesotho is free and as a result, enrollment has increased. Unfortunately, parents face many issues paying tuition at the high school level. Only about a third of high school-age children attend school due to a lack of funding and space. Strides in education development continue to be made. Lesotho is the home of the first ALP library in Malealea Valley. Since then, ALP has partnered with the U.S. Peace Corps, the Ministry of Education, and local citizens to start and improve more than 535 community libraries; this includes libraries in schools and hospitals. 

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