The Bridge Africa Programme was initially established by the Korean National Commission for UNESCO (KNCU) to support those who are marginalized from educational opportunities through non-formal education, and it has been implemented in seven sub-Saharan African countries over the last few years. Promoting the Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) which aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all”, the programme focuses on three areas of support: early childhood care development (ECCD), literacy education, and technical and vocational education and training (TVET) through the Community Learning Centres (CLCs).
Upon close collaboration between the KNCU and the Lesotho National Commission for UNESCO (LNCU), the Bridge Lesotho Project was successfully launched in 2010. Through different learning programmes in CLCs in Liphiring, Ha Motsu, and Ha Teko villages, a significant number of people are given opportunities for quality education. The project has contributed to improving the quality of education in the CLCs through a series of training workshops for teachers, local coordinators, and community members. In the meantime, a number of activities have been implemented to improve the learning environment of the CLCs, including the production and distribution of textbooks and learning materials, upgrade of classroom and facilities.
In accordance with the BAP’s three principles; sustainability, ownership, and self-reliance, the Bridge Lesotho Project encourages the local communities to be actively engaged in management and implementation of the education programme provided by each CLC, so that the communities have a sense of ownership over the CLCs. Furthermore, the Bridge National Committee (BNC), consisting of 16 members drawn from 10 organizations including the Lesotho’s Ministry of Education and Training, NGOs, UN agency, universities as well as local communities, has made continuous efforts to align the educational programmes with the national education strategy, policy and framework as well as to strengthen sustainability of the project.