n South African Journal of Higher Education - Africa(n)-focused research : two case studies from Lesotho

Special Edition 1
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



This article presents two research projects undertaken by two female international students studying for a master's degree at the Centre for Higher Education Studies and Development (CHESD) at the University of the Free State. Both projects followed a community-focused approach. <br>The case studies reflect upon issues of research in neighbouring countries such as Lesotho and remind us that education should not be treated as a commodity especially in instances where international students are concerned, but should contribute in the development of their countries. This is in harmony with the stringent requirements and objectives of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) to eradicate poverty; to place African countries on a path of sustainable growth and development; as well as to accelerate the empowerment of women. In this regard South Africa's higher education institutions are contributing to the enhancement of human capabilities and thus to the overall social development. Through the projects of the students enrolled in the CHESD, higher education is directly achieving some of NEPAD's objectives. These research projects should be seen as scaffolds to anchor other researchers and stakeholders who may wish to undertake further research in the specific fields or who desire to initiate other development-orientated research projects in Lesotho.

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