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Citizenship education for Lesotho’s context: Towards a stable democracy

Rasebate I. Mokotso
The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa | Vol 15, No 1 | a549 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/td.v15i1.549 | © 2019 Rasebate I. Mokotso | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 February 2018 | Published: 13 May 2019

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Rasebate I. Mokotso, Department of Religion Studies, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa


This article represents a contextual analysis that seeks a lasting solution to Lesotho’s current democratic instability, which has typified its political landscape since independence. This article analyses the literature to argue that the optimised political and institutional reforms that have recently raised people’s hopes are not likely to bring about a lasting solution of democratic stability. They are likely to suffer the same fate as those that came before, which only managed to provide a temporary solution. This article contends that the sustainability of democracy in Lesotho can ideally be achieved through the cultivation of the ‘spirit of democracy’, which can be nurtured through citizenship education. The article concludes by exploring possibilities for the introduction of citizenship education in Lesotho.


Citizenship education; democracy; Lesotho; politics; stability.


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