Swaziland’s schools opened for the new academic year on January 24 and government orders to teach only Christianity, a move criticised by opponents.
Officials said that old text books were being replaced with new ones that mention only the Bible, and that schools were required to submit a list of qualified religious studies teachers ahead of the start of term.
Marking its northeastern border with Mozambique and stretching down to South Africa, the Lebombo Mountains are a backdrop for Mlawula Nature Reserve’s many hiking trails. Nearby Hlane Royal National Park is home to diverse wildlife including lions, hippos and elephants.
- Capitals: Lobamba, Mbabane
- Dialing code: +268
- King: Mswati III
- Currencies: Swazi lilangeni, South African rand
- Official languages: English, Swati, South African English