Burundi -International School

Location
Ruyigi, Burundi

Project name
Maison Shalom, International School

Start date
2013

Project referent
Eric Niyibizi

Beneficiaries
450 children

Budget

CHF 46 000

Website
www.maisonshalom.org


The Facts:
As a result of the civil war, Burundi’s education system is severely underdeveloped.

The Action: The International School provides a value-driven education for 450 students in rural Ruyigi. FOH will provide the school with new infrastructures and materials.

The Impact: Literacy and primary and secondary completion rates will increase in Ruyigi and children will be given the tools to seek a better future.

 

Make a donation for this project !

CHF 50 = 2 bench desks
CHF100 = 5 text books
CHF500 = one computer


 

Education in Burundi and the Maison Shalom


Burundi, like neighboring Rwanda, was ravaged by civil war and ethnic violence in the 1990s, which killed around 300.000 people. Although the situation seems slightly improved, the country is still in a very bad shape : the per capita GDP is one of the lowest in the world and many public and social service systems are in shambles.

 

The Maison Shalom was created by Maggy Barankitse. As an eye-witness of the killings in 1993, she sheltered 25 children whose parents had been murdered. Since then, the structure has continued to grow. It is estimated that around 20.000 children have been helped by her organization.

 

Today Maggy is renowned worldwide and is a winner of several humanitarian prizes, including UNHCR’s Nansen Award and the prize for Conflict Prevention from the Foundation Chirac presented by Kofi Annan. Her name has often been mentionned as a possible Nobel Prize for Peace laureate, and her work has been compared to that of Mother Teresa.

 

 

The International School

 

Friends of Humanity has been working consistently with Maggy since 2008, mainly on the Rema Hospital and for the support of young female victims of sexual violence. This year we are supporting her new project, the International School, which aims to provide an excellent education to disadvantaged children in Ruyigi, Burundi. The International School already welcomes 185 students and in 2016, they project to welcome 450 children. The school fills the glaring void of educational opportunities available to children in Ruygi.

 

After the civil war ended in 2005, Burundi’s schools were left destroyed. Currently, the adult literacy rate in Burundi is just under 60% and the country is ranked 174th out of 182 on the Human Development Rank. The Maison Shalom seeks to address the myriad issues plaguing Burundi by starting at the foundation by providing a value-driven, affordable education to the children of Ruyigi.

 

Friends of Humanity is seeking to furnish the  International School with adequate learning tools and recreational facilities.  With your help, we will be able to outfit nine primary classrooms with bench desks, purchase books and computers for student use, and construct a basketball and a volleyball court for student play.

 

The impact


In 2013, the International School hopes to complete 12 classrooms well-equipped with furniture and learning materials and to build a recreational space.  Doing so will allow the International School to provide 450 students with a primary education, ensuring that they are well-prepared for secondary education and the future ahead of them.

 

The education provided by the school will increase the success rate on national examinations for children from rural and semi-urban areas. Additionally, having a quality school in Ruyigi will decrease the number of families leaving to seek education elsewhere, which will foster Ruyigi’s development and growth over time.

 


 

Make a donation to support the International School in Burundi !


CHF 50 = 2 bench desks
CHF100 = 5 text books
CHF500 = One computer

 

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