The Impact of Digital Unify in Burundi

ST Foundation, being present in the country since 2009, has analyzed the impacts of its activity in the country along the years and the results we found are really encouraging in demonstrating the important of our mission.

We can cluster the impacts in the following categories:

  • Increase of interest in the use of computers.

Since 2009 until today DU program is operative at Lycée Technique Alessandro Rossi in the town of Ngozi located in northern Burundi. During this period we have witnessed a growing interest in the use of computers which is expressed in distinct ways :

  • More and more people have willingness to spend their financial means to attend advanced courses. Indeed, the DU program has freely make available to the public a basic course which among other aims is to provide preliminary ideas on the use of computers. At the end of the course, learners often express a desire to know more.
  • Since DU program started at LTAR until today, the rate of people holding a laptop or desktop has strongly increased in Ngozi. While this is not the case for the other cities of the country which had not yet benefited from the program, except the capital town, Bujumbura.
  • Women presence at ICB courses is very important; some of them come with their babies held on their back.
  • Hospitals, administrative offices, NGOs and companies send their employees to learn, in addition to students and population
  • Most of the people at the end of the course would like to learn more.
  • Some are asking to buy a used PCs. It is not our mission but it shows that STF motivated mainly young people to use digital language
  • A mediator between scriptural culture and oral Burundian culture well accepted : Internet.

In Burundi, as in most Africa’s countries , the reading is appreciated by a very small number of individuals. In general , even when a library is stocked with books, rarely it will be filled with readers. This is because the Burundian culture has been transmitted orally during history to the colonial period. Today , internet (when available) is the most coveted and exploited source of information and self-education.

  • The sharing of information

It is well known that it would be better to teach a child to fish than to give him a fish. In Burundi, this is partially true. Indeed, traditional knowledge was protected and was transmitted from father to son, from mother to daughter. Today, thanks to the discovery of the internet ( forums, blogs… ), new users understand that knowledge is growing faster and is more beneficial when it is accessible to a wider audience than when it is protected at a level restricted.

Massive presence of Teachers and University students in our courses help to elevate the cultural level of the education in the country.