A few months after the floods, at Mushasha I and II schools, the heart is always in learning

As part of the support to the populations affected by the floods that hit Burundi in March and June 2021, UNICEF, with funding from CERF, has been able to implement a number of activities that have relieved the affected families

Fatoumata Tandiang
Les écoles fondamentales de Mushasha I et Mushasha II sous les eaux
UNICEF-Burundi/F.Tandiang
22 February 2022

Among the activities implemented, five schools, including one directly affected by the floods and four others located in the relocation sites, benefited from a set of Water, Hygiene and Sanitation services to improve the learning environment for children.

In addition, 18,928 flood-affected children, including 9,653 girls, in the commune of Mutimbuzi received individual educational materials consisting of notebooks, pens, books and school rulers. Similarly, 126 classrooms were provided with teachers' books after the pre-existing books were damaged by the heavy rains between March and June 2021.

The main objective of the project was to provide a multisectoral response to people affected by the floods in the Gatumba region (Mutimbuzi - Bujumbura Rural) with more than 24,000 people relocated in displacement sites.

Children having fun in the schoolyard
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Children having fun in the schoolyard

It is also within this context that school kits composed of notebooks, pens and lattes were provided to children of Mushasha I and Mushasha II schools in Gatumba, also affected by the floods. Thus, 2743 children benefited from a Kit.

In these last two schools, the memories of the flood are still there in the middle of the schoolyard. In spite of the poor conditions, the students remain devoted and motivated. 

Assa Nishimwe , 18 ans, 9ème année à l’école fondamentale Mushasha 1
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Assa Nishimwe , 18 ans, 9ème année à l’école fondamentale Mushasha 1

Assa is the third of seven children.

"Before receiving these notebooks we had a lot of difficulties because we did not have school materials as students. We thank UNICEF very much because this school material is necessary for our learning." His favorite course is French and his dream is to become a doctor.

At home after school, he helps his parents by fetching water. Otherwise, he plays soccer with his friends. He is a big fan of Karim Benzema and Real Madrid.

Assa Nishimwe , 18 , grade 9 at Mushasha 1 School
Melissa Intore, 16 ans, 7ème année à l’école fondamentale Mushasha 1,
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Melissa Intore, 16 ans, 7ème année à l’école fondamentale Mushasha 1,

Melissa is the fifth of six children.

"I am very grateful to UNICEF for the support during this difficult time. After the floods, the notebooks were damaged, I lost all my notes. When I received my school material offered by UNICEF, I had to approach my classmates to copy all the lessons I had missed because of the lack of school material. Now, I am asking for UNICEF's support to rehabilitate our latrines which are also flooded".

After school, she helps her parents with the housework, has fun with her friends to relax a bit. She loves math and aspires to become a journalist.

 

Melissa Intore, 16 , grade 7 at Mushasha 1 School
Gédéon Mpawenayo, 16 ans, en 6ème année à l’école fondamentale Mushasha 2
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Gédéon Mpawenayo, 16 ans, en 6ème année à l’école fondamentale Mushasha 2

Gédéon is the third in a family of eight children.

 "Our school has been flooded since I was in 4th grade. To access the school, it has become very complicated, because we have to cross flooded areas. All this is discouraging, even the teachers are not comfortable. In these conditions, I am very happy to have received the school material. I am very grateful to UNICEF, because I don't know how my parents could have bought me these notebooks with the floods".

Gédéon likes mathematics and in his spare time, he helps his parents in the fields.

Gédéon Mpawenayo, 16, in 6th grade at the Mushasha 2 school
Jeanine Nshimirimana, 16 ans, en 6ème année à l’école fondamentale Mushasha 2
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Jeanine Nshimirimana, 16 ans, en 6ème année à l’école fondamentale Mushasha 2

Jeanine is the 7th of 8 children.

"I was very happy to receive this school material because before, I had to take all my notes in the same notebook, whether it was math, French, etc. Now I have a notebook for each class, which really makes revision easier".

She is still nostalgic of the years when she could play in the schoolyard with her friends. Today, the school is still under water. Her favorite course is French.

Jeanine Nshimirimana, 16 , in 6th grade at the Mushasha 2 school

As part of the multisectoral response to children affected by the floods, 10,388 girls and 6,926 boys in the Gatumba area benefited from protection activities, and had access to risk mitigation, prevention for exposure to violence.