Kinama, Bujumbura Mairie – Burundi
The Right to Education for All
THE CONTEXT OF YOUR INITIATIVE
The area where the initiative is led, Kinama, is one of the poorest areas in northern Bujumbura.
There is no modern school infrastructure in Kinama.
There are too many pupils and too little adequate equipment in the area’s public schools. Children from poor families can’t get education so they turn to crime instead. ALDP started this initiative with the goal of reducing these obstacles by bringing in modern infrastructure for education and by providing the appropriate materials to ensure a high level of teaching.
THE ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT AS PART OF YOUR INITIATIVE
The Emmaus school is divided by age groups into three sections: nursery school, primary school and secondary school. The school is open to all students, no matter their social background.
To help the intellectual development of our pupils the Emmaus school participates in the games and competitions organised for international events such as the journée de la francophonie [the international day for French speakers] and the Day of the African Child as well as for the different local events organised by the schools in the town.
We also organise capacity building for our teachers.
WHO IS INVOLVED FROM OUR GROUP?
5 ALDP Executive Committee members, 31 teaching staff, 6 civil servants, 3 volunteer teachers from French and Belgian schools and 6 support staff members (hygiene staff, caretakers).
WHICH PARTNERS ARE YOU WORKING WITH ON THIS INITIATIVE?
Since 2011, when the initiative was launched, our primary school pupils have been consistently amongst the best in northern Bujumbura based on the results of regional tests.
45 people have found a job.
Free schooling for 60 poor children.
At meetings and public events our good work has been talked about by the local administration and by the Ministry for Education.
In 2015-2016 11 out of 11 pupils passed the course in our first IT and management class at our secondary school.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO ADD ANY INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR INITIATIVE?
WHAT ARE YOUR PROSPECTS?
We are currently looking for new partners in order to have an even greater impact.