Roger Federer, in his capacity as President of the Roger Federer Foundation, visited the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho for the first time during the week of 15 May 2023. His Foundation has been active in the country since 2020 when its School Readiness Initiative was launched.
The visit was an opportunity to shine a light on the chronically underfunded early education sector. Lesotho has been making progress in recent years. The government is establishing early education as a political priority, for example by putting in place policies to scale pre-primary education in the country and promote early education, including the National Integrated Care and Development Policy of 2013.
Together with UNICEF, the country’s Ministry of Education and Training also revised the 2016-2026 National Education Sector Plan. In 2019, working in partnership with UNICEF and Global Partnership for Education, it launched the Better Early Learning and Development at Scale.