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Burundi

The Context
The East African nation of Burundi is a tiny landlocked country with a population of about 12 million. Primary school, secondary, technical, vocational, and higher education make up Burundi’s four educational levels.

Burundi’s educational system faced many difficulties, such as a shortage of qualified teachers, a lack of funding, and a high dropout rate. The civil conflict that raged in the nation from 1993 to 2005 also seriously disrupted its educational system.

The Burundian government has implemented several policies to improve the educational system, including raising educational spending, enhancing teacher preparation, and teaming up with foreign organizations and donors to support education nationwide.

Overall, education is considered essential to Burundi’s growth, and efforts are being made to increase all children’s access to high-quality education. However, much must be done to guarantee that all children have access to education and that the educational system is of a good level.

ST Foundation’s Presence
Since 2009, the ST Foundation has been a proactive presence in Burundi, launching the DU Program to assist underserved communities lacking access to information and communication technologies. Our commitment has deepened over the years, playing a crucial role in tackling the country’s educational challenges. We’ve equipped schools and students with the necessary tools to become acquainted with technology, fostering an environment conducive to learning and advancement.

Despite the interruptions caused by COVID-19, by 2022, our perseverance enabled us to return to the normal pace of activities quite quickly in all our 13 DU Labs. These centers are pivotal in providing opportunities that significantly improve the educational framework. In light of the consistent positive impact of our efforts, we also introduced the Tablet for Kids program in CUBWENGE. For more detailed information, please refer to the specific sub-section on our website.

More than 135,000 students have engaged with the DU Program since its launch, with many experiencing computers and digital technologies for the first time. This achievement highlights our persistent drive to bridge the digital divide and enhance the educational journey of Burundi’s youth.