Education
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Pupil died in northern Bujumbura due to teacher’s beatings

10-31-2019 A pupil of Carama Basic School in Kinama urban area in the north of Burundi died on October 28. Sources indicate that her death was caused by brutal beatings she received from her teacher. Defenders of the children’s rights condemn corporal punishment in school. Chadia Nishimwe, a 13-year-old girl (...)
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High number of Burundian children don’t master reading, says PAADESCO coordinator

10-18-2019 In the context of the celebration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty this October 17th, the PAADESCO project coordinator has said 42% of children under ten are not good at reading both in Kirundi and foreign languages. Béatrice Samandari, National Coordinator of the project aiming to (...)
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Students from Ntare Rugamba University protest against school management

10-16-2019 First final year students of the bachelor’s degree program, in the Faculty of Civil Engineering at Ntare Rugamba University made a sit-in on Tuesday, October 15 in front of the headquarters of the school establishment. They accuse the school management of refusing to give their academic documents. Fifty-three young (...)
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Burundian girls encounter serious obstacles to complete studies

10-10-2019 «Burundian girls face a major challenge. They do not complete their studies and consequently they do not achieve effective development, “said Martin Nivyabandi, Minister of Human Rights, Gender and Social Affairs on the occasion of the World Girl Day celebrated on 9 October. In the same vein, Claudette Niyonzima, (...)
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Education Ministry deplores discrepancies in trainees’ lists

10-03-2019 At a press briefing held on this October 2nd, Edouard Juma, Spokesman for the Ministry of Education, Technical and Vocational Training has said there have been discrepancies in the lists of the basic school teachers of the first year class who attended the trainings from August 26 to September (...)
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Pupils at Mugara II Basic School study in dreadful conditions

09-26-2019 Mugara II Basic School of Rumonge province in the south of Burundi faces severe lack of school equipment. Classrooms of the1st and 2nd grades do not have writing desks. Schoolchildren sit on the stones or on the ground covered with dust when studying while in other classrooms, four pupils (...)
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People with disabilities encounter several challenges in Burundi education

09-19-2019 At a workshop on access to inclusive education for people living with disabilities, these latter say they are faced with social and school discrimination along with lack of materials and infrastructures in Burundi. “We are sometimes frightened to death because of our skin color,” says Moise Nkengurutse, Chairman of (...)
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“My buttocks feel relieved since I sit on desk,” says Gasenyi II Basic School pupil

09-17-2019 “I no longer feel pain on my buttocks,” says Nabot, a pupil of Grade 4, at Gasenyi II Basic School, in the north of the economic capital Bujumbura, after his class received some school desks. “Now that I’m sitting on a desk, I feel good,” says Yvan, another schoolboy (...)
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Gasenyi II basic school experiences serious lack of desks

09-13-2019 At Gasenyi II Basic School located in Gihosha zone of Ntahangwa commune in the north of Bujumbura, pupils in many classes sit on the floor while studying. Six classrooms at Gasenyi II Basic School have no single desk. Some others have very few desks compared to the high number (...)
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Ministry of education to prevent linguistic interference in basic school

09-12-2019 This September 11th, the spokesman for the Ministry of Education, Technical and Vocational Training has said the basic school young learners may experience linguistic interference as they learn four languages at the same time. “Teaching four languages at the same time in the first years of basic school may (...)