Machabeng College, International School of Lesotho is a school committed to internationalism and interculturalism. This is reflected in the curriculum it offers, particularly the IB Diploma Programme, its commitment to learning Sesotho, Mandarin, Spanish and French, and other co-curricular opportunities.
The school provides the only opportunity for the students in Lesotho to study the IB Diploma program and this supports the country in gaining a university education overseas for the benefit of the country. The Government of Lesotho, through National Manpower Development Secretariat (NMDS), sponsors students to attend Machabeng College for the IBDP and has supported the school financially for many years.
The college has been in operation for 45 years, which gives a strong indication of the commitment of the Basotho to the college. The college has been accredited since 1987. It is both a day and boarding school whereby the boarding sector caters for IBDP students who come from far and need safe accommodation.
The college offers the full IBDP programs and is an IB accredited school to run the examinations: IBDP, IB Course, and IB career. Students are advised on subject selection based on their academic strengths. Students sponsored by NMDS have to meet the agreed criteria set by NMDS for them to get the sponsorship. To remain accredited, the school has met the standards of IB. Inspectors may visit the college incognito from IB to ensure that the college is meeting the expectations of the examination guidelines.
The college is accredited to run the IGCSE examinations. The college has met the standards of the examining bodies to run the examinations. Inspectors from CIE may from time to time visit the school incognito to ensure the examination regulations are followed.
The college is a member school of CIS/NEASC. The college carried out a self study whereby they met most of the standards of the accrediting body. However, there were ten issues which needed to be addressed. Six of the issues were fully addressed. However, CIS/NEASC identified the remaining four as serious deficiencies and therefore CIS/NEASC requested a special report which was to be corroborated by a special evaluation.
Our Core Values
- We value cultural diversity and seek to provide a caring, innovative and stimulating environment, which realizes the full potential and celebrates the success of every student.
- We strive to develop students as whole persons, providing them with learning-to-learn skills and preparing them for successful lives in an intercultural world.
- We strive to develop our students as high-level thinkers, with entrepreneurial and self-
- motivated research skills, combined with the social skills needed to make them effective team players.
- The diversity of our curriculum will be guided by international educational trends.
We are a independent day school dedicated to inspiring excellence with a purpose.
Machabeng College is an International School based in Lesotho that is committed to providing an
internationally recognised pre-university education and access to international curriculum, whilst
also being an educational resource for the local community.
We are happy to provide the Diploma Programme (DP) to students enrolled in a demanding curriculum designed to transform students into well-rounded leaders, thinkers, and global citizens as an International Baccalaureate (IB) Continuum World School. The IB is holistic in nature, focusing on the full individual.
The IB Learner Profile qualities are woven into our day-to-day interactions, broader lesson plans, and school curriculars and co-curriculars; they are skills and dispositions that our students both exemplify and strive to, impacting how we live and learn.
Our students seek to be questioners, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, compassionate, risk-takers, balanced, and introspective. Each of the slimmer profile qualities is used to shape our kids’ brains, hearts, and hands. It extends beyond intellectual growth and academic achievement.
Students across programs receive an education that is comprehensive and balanced, conceptual and connected as Continuum learners: each program builds upon itself.
Our community’s move to become an IB World School was a seamless one. The IB Mission completely complements Machabeng College’s Mission Statement and Vision, and the Learner Profile summarizes the attributes we seek to cultivate to equip our pupils for an unpredictable global future.
IBO Mission Statement
The International Baccalaureate is more than its educational programmes and certificates. At our heart we are motivated by a mission to create a better world through education.
The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.