Education in Burundi
Education in Burundi is compulsory for six years, between the ages of 7 and 13. In 1998, the gross primary enrollment rate was 62 percent, and the net primary enrollment rate was 37 percent. Primary school attendance rates are unavailable for Burundi. While enrollment rates indicate a level of commitment to education, they do not always reflect children’s participation in school. The government attempts to provide for most of the costs of education through grade six. An inequitable distribution of educational resources favors children in the south and central regions of the nation. Discrimination against females has resulted in differential access of girls to education. More than a quarter of the country’s primary schools were destroyed in the war, and many teachers have been killed. Teacher training has been interrupted and it is difficult to recruit teachers to provincial areas affected by fighting.
There will also be a new school opening in one of the poorest regions of Burundi, Rusaga, which is funded by an English charity called the 'Burundi Education Foundation'. The Burundi Education Foundation is hoping to open the school in the summer of 2014.
The core aim of the project is to bring English primary education into the remote village of Rusaga in the district of Ryansoro, which is in the region of Gitega in Burundi. We aim to provide primary education in Rusaga where there is no provision at this time. In addition, over time we aim to improve the overall quality of other existing primary schools in the district, by upgrading school premises and improving educational facilities and materials. A second aim of the project is to create a model for other schools. In particular this model will focus on:
1)Successfully introducing technology into the curriculum
- "Burundi". Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor (2001). Bureau of International Labor Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor (2002). This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
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