The Education sector of UNESCO focuses on the following programmes:

  • Sector-wide policy formulation, planning and management;
  • Literacy and lifelong learning;
  • Teachers;
  • Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET);
  • Education for Peace, human rights and global partnership;
  • Early Childhood care

UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPnet)

The UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPnet) connects more than 12,000 schools around a common goal to build peace in the minds of children and young people. In Lesotho, there are currently eight schools that are part of the network, with more in the planning stages. The objectives of the network are to promote the values and principles of the Constitution of UNESCO and the charter of the UN, and to contribute to the achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Lesotho National Commission for UNESCO serves as a link between the schools, the national authorities, and the International Coordinator at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

The NatCom together with the Department of Environment were both selected to lead the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 2005-2014. The ESD strategy has since expired. The two parties are, therefore, as of 2023, reviewing the national ESD strategy to address the current needs and state. ​

Partnership for mathematics and science education with ThakaKhoali-Science and Mathematics Educators’ Federation (SMEF)

The Lesotho National Commission for UNESCO implements in partnership with ThakaKhoali - SMEF projects that promote the teaching and learning of maths and science through the establishment of Thakakhoali Science clubs and the use of ICT in teaching and learning.