China has handed over a state-of-the-art high school which it built in Lesotho to the government of the Mountain Kingdom.

The school is the first of its kind in the country and is equipped with computer and science laboratories, and high-end sporting facilities. It can accommodate 560 pupils.

The country’s Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosilili is impressed. “We’ve witnessed the People’s Republic of China making concerted efforts to support Africa’s development agenda by mobilising the necessary resources for the implementation of various development programmes in Africa,” he said at the handing over of the school here Thursday.

“In the specific case of Lesotho, the project we are receiving today attests to our conviction that investment in education is the best strategy to realise meaningful development of our country and her people.

“In a world which has become a global village, it is imperative that learners leave high school with information technology skills and this looks like the way to do it.”

The French writer Hugo once said building a school is equal to demolishing a prison. Schools are where young people equip themselves with knowledge, values. We have seen that Lesotho has the highest budget allocation for education and it’s important to this country, said China’s Ambassador to Lesotho, Sun Xiangua.

Sadly, three computers have already been stolen and the Education Minister is appealing to the community to safeguard the school.

Many pupils in Lesotho only get to do science experiments at university, as many high schools do not have science laboratories, but now things are different.

In the past, China has donated the country’s parliament, a State Library and a Convention Centre and the Prime Minister’s residence among other facilities.