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FACTS ABOUT BURUNDI (GERMANY)

Area:
27,830 km² (360,000 km²)
Inhabitants:
9 Mio. (82 Mio.)
Life expectancy:
48.5 years (79 years)
Doctors for 100,000 people:
3 (337)
Infant mortality:
60 of 1,000 (4 of 1,000)
Infant mortality up to 5 years:
190 of 1,000 (5 of 1,000)
The school enrolment rate for elementary school:
60% (100%)
Children, achieving the 5th class:
67% (100%)
Illiterates:
41% (0.5%)

FACTS ABOUT WORLD VISION GERMANY E.V.

Founded:
1979
Total Return 2013:
80.5 million Euros
Current Projects:
Operating in 50 countries
Development Work:
Sustainable help for self-help
Vision and Values:
Christian Values are regarded as the basis for the worldwide network of World Vision. Building a better world for children.
International relationships:
WHO, UNICEF, UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council)
Prominent supporters:
Peter Maffay, Judith Rakers, Judy Bailey, Wolfgang Niedecken and many more.

Mosca supports World Vision e.V.

We agitate for education in Cankuzo!

Since 2011 Mosca has supported an educational project with World Vision in district Cankuzo in the eastern lowlands of Burundi, one of the poorest regions of the country. The project of World Vision is going to improve elementary education and reading possibilities for children in Cankuzo.

“Thanks to financial support of Mosca Company and other sponsors from Germany, we achieved a lot: In close cooperation with all involved local people, we have already built and equipped an elementary school with six classrooms in two handicapped accessible buildings, sanitary facilities, a teachers’ room, apartment blocks for teachers and a small library in Gatete. The school offers space for around 500 students and is said to be a showpiece of the whole region. In addition, we established a multigenerational library with two reading rooms, a reception, a toilet and a storage room, in Cankuzo. The library is used by old and young”, reports World Vision.

Starting situation

Burundi is a small and dense populated landlocked country in East Africa. It is one of the poorest countries in the world. Burundi’s history is characterized by conflicts of the two ethnic groups Hutu and Tutsi. A civil war raged from 1994, despite of a peace agreement in 2000 violence flared-up again and again. Hundreds of thousand people were killed. Since 2009 the country has stabilized, but the traces of the war are still visible – also in the education system! Many school buildings and important infrastructure were destroyed and could not be established again. A lot of qualified teachers fled and have never come back.

What has been achieved in 2014

In 2014 World Vision built a new school building in close cooperation with local inhabitants and school authority: the new elementary school in Murehe. The old school building was dilapidated, badly appointed and provided space for around 200 students only. The new school building has eight spacious class rooms and an additional building for school administration. Lessons now no longer take place in layers. Instead, all children can be taught at the same time in accordance with their class level. Thanks to construction of two water tanks all students and teachers have access to clean water.

Punctually at the beginning of the new school year in September, the new school building was opened. More than 650 people from surrounding area attended the inauguration and expressed their pleasure and gratitude. Meanwhile, already 233 boys and girls visit the handicapped accessible equipped elementary school. With the time even more will be expected.

September 2013 to August 2014 – This has been achieved:

  • Elementary school with 8 classrooms, toilet facilities, a school administration office and a small library were built and equipped
  • Established sanitary facilities and two rainwater tanks
  • Equipment for washing hands in front of all classrooms
  • Delivered around 7,300 new books to libraries in the project area
  • Produced around 3,000 magazines (shellbooks) on-site and distributed to libraries and reading camps
  • Teacher trainings to improve the quality of lessons (e.g. sustainable and creative support of reading competence of children)
  • Enlightenment events to explain the importance of education and children’s rights, for teachers, students and villagers

Books are scarce

In the recent years established libraries have been equipped with new reading material in 2014. Our employees evaluated the reading potential with help of a careful analysis in cooperation with teachers and representatives of education authority, acquired missing books and delivered them to the libraries.

Many books had to be imported from abroad because they were not available at the local market place. There is only one bookshop and no working book and publishing sector throughout the country.

Around 3,000 people are using the library every month by now. Preschool children, elementary school children and young people visiting a secondary school, teachers, employees of local authorities, as well as interested adults and neighbors rank among the users of the library. Most of them come for reading and learning but some out of curiosity because the library is a beautiful and exciting place where a lot of new is to explore and books, comics and illustrations invites to rummage and dream.

Planned measures (presumably until 2017):

  • Expansion of the elementary school of Kigamba (3 class rooms, 1 reading room, sanitary facilities, extension for school administration)
  • Transfer of pedagogical and didactical skills for teachers, to inspire the students sustainable for reading
  • Reading skills of the children will be checked by tested and child-oriented methods
  • Support of extracurricular environment (Adults, guardians, neighbors and community members) to make reading attractive for children (e.g. reading camps which emerge increasingly in villages)
  • Books will be provided and people learn how to produce child-oriented and real-life oriented reading material on their own.
  • Mini-libraries will be equipped
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