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Lesotho to join Transforming Education Summit

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Ntsoaki Motaung

Maseru-June 06, 2022

Lesotho through the Ministry of Education and Training will join the rest of the world for the Transforming Education Summit (TES) of Heads of States on Education to be convened by United Nations Secretary General, in September 2022, in New York in the United States of America.

According to the Ministry’s Principal Secretary (PS) Basic Education Dr Lira Khama, the Summit is being convened in the context of two dramatic and deeply interconnected challenges to ensuring quality education and lifelong learning for all.

He said there is a global learning crisis that is depriving hundreds of millions of children, young people, and adults off their right to quality education, leaving many of the education-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) well off track. Citing that, the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and lack of effective measures for learning recovery risks turning “…this crisis into a generational catastrophe, especially for marginalized and vulnerable groups.

“The Summit is therefore aimed at mobilizing action, ambition, commitment, solidarity and solutions with a view to reimagining, accelerating and transforming education between now and 2030. It aims to elevate education to the top of the global political agenda and to maximizing public awareness and engagement,” he said.

For her part, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in Secondary Education Mabakubung Seutloali, said at an announcement event held in Maseru today (June 06, 2022), that since 2018 there have been notable developments in the Ministry.

“We have engaged with the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) more especially on the teaching and learning of the girl child as well as the boy child. We have also developed a policy on school, health and nutrition working with the Ministry of Health whereby we ensure that other services that support a leaner to be class or complete his or her studies are also provided,” she said. Seutloali said the Ministry also developed a policy that talks on early and unintended pregnancies which looks to address the issue of young girls who get expelled from school because they are pregnant.    

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