The Institute was originally founded for the purpose of carrying out the programme of Adult Education through economic co-operation for the adult population of Lesotho. To realise this objective a variety of programmes such as the Credit Union scheme for Agriculture, SODEPAX, Co-operative Development, public lectures, training in public administration and courses for business people were undertaken. In carrying out these activities, various educational techniques were employed: personal contacts, villages study clubs, mass meeting, leadership courses, conferences, short courses, anniversaries, rallies, publications, radio programmes and development oriented newsletters.
The work of the Institutes has, over the years, been generously assisted by governments and international agencies such as Miserior, Canadian International Development Agency, Oxfam, Dulverton and Leverhulme Trust, Catholic Relief Services, USAID, UNDP, Kellogg Foundation, DVV, NOVIB, ILO and many other Partners in various ways.
The purpose of the Institute of Extra-Mural Studies is to bring the University to the people by using the facilities and resources of the University for the Education of the adult population and the youth of Lesotho and for their economic, social and cultural development. It endeavours to do this in consultation with the appropriate Government Ministries and Departments, agencies, parastatals, academic faculties and private sector institutions. To this end, the Institute aims to encourage, assist and co-ordinate the efforts of the academic departments in all forms of University Extension.
IEMS shall be a dynamic institution for national development, which reaches out to all population groups and empowers them to improve themselves educationally through short non credit courses and university level credit programmes.
Dr. Francis Okyere
BEd [Potchefstroom University], M. Tech [CUT], PhD [CUT]
Dr. Francis Okyere is currently the Acting Director of the Institute of Extra Mural Studies (IEMS) of the National University of Lesotho (NUL). He has been a lecturer, programme coordinator and head of the Department of Business and Management Development (BMD). The Institute has transformed from a purely part-time mode into an Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode in order to respond to the current needs to open more access to NUL Programmes to more Basotho who are not able to attend full time.
It is a great pleasure for me to welcome you to the Institute of Extra Mural Studies. I congratulate those joining us for the current academic year. This is a step towards accomplishing your educational goals. During your stay as learners you are going to encounter a lot of challenges which I believe you will be in a position to address them accurately. Our role as an Institute is to contribute towards providing high quality Open and Distance Learning Programmes.
IEMS does acknowledge that for most of you this might be the first time you are studying through distance mode hence you may face problems. IEMS staff members are available and willing to discuss any challenges you may be facing as a distance learner.
Distance education targets you if you are:
- Self-employed and cannot attend University on full-time basis
- Unemployed and need further education and training to get employment
- Employed and are not able to attend classes on a full-time basis
Acting Director: Dr. Francis Okyere: BEd [Potchefstroom University], M. Tech [CUT], PhD [CUT]
Senior Assistant Registrar: Mr. M. Nhlapo, BSc, MSc [NUL]
Heads of Departments:
Adult Education (ADE): Dr. M. Mofana-Semoko, M Ed, Ad. Ed. [Wits], PhD. [UFS]
Business and Management Development (BMD): Mrs. T. Makara, BA [NUL], Masters in Development Planning [Wits]
Non-Formal and Continuing Education (NFCE): Mrs. M. L. Dingiswayo, BEd, MEd [Botswana]
Research, Evaluation and Media (REM): Ms. Felile Moholi-Mokhothu, Masters in Journalism and Media Studies [Wits]
The Institute is governed by the University General Regulations. Regulations pertaining to each programme are reflected under each department.