Launching of the Multi-Year Resilience Programme for the Education System in Burundi
This three-year programme aims to ensure that children aged 3 to 18 will benefit from inclusive, quality and equitable education, including in emergency situations in the provinces of Makamba and Cibitoke
The "Multi-Year Resilience Programme for the Education System in Burundi (MYRP) known as "Komeza WIGE" was officially launched on 6 September in Burundi. The launching ceremony was organized by UNICEF Burundi and World Vision International-Burundi, under the leadership of the Ministry of National Education and Scientific Research and saw the presence of representatives of multilateral and bilateral cooperation organizations and diplomatic representations based in Burundi, Country Directors of international and national NGOs and other members of the education sector of Burundi.
In addition to the official launch of the programme's activities, the workshop also aimed to present and explain the Programme to different actors and partners of the education sector and exchange views and advice about the Programme and its implementation through exchange activities with the participants
The programme has been developed by the education sector of Burundi, under the leadership of the Ministry of National Education and Scientific Research (MENRS) and is implemented by UNICEF and World Vision International (WVI) as a part of the response to the various emergencies affecting Burundi in the field of education. It aims to ensure that children aged 3 to 18 will benefit from inclusive, quality and equitable education, including in emergency situations.
The workshop began with an opening ceremony, with welcoming remarks by UNICEF Burundi Representative, John Agbor, lead partner in education sector development and MYRP partner Agent, and the opening speech of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of National Education and Scientific Research, Pr. Frederic Bangirinama
The UNICEF Representative in Burundi, Mr John Agbor, pointed out the 3 specific objectives of the Multi-Year Resilience Programme which are: "expanding access and ensuring the continuity of education in a safe and protective environment for girls and boys; strengthening the learning outcomes of girls and boys, including those with special needs, ensuring their active participation in their learning process in a suitable school environment; and reinforcing the education system to prevent risks and respond to emergencies affecting girls and boys.”The Multi-Year Resilience Programme requires a total budget of $30 million, of which $12 million has already been secured as Education Cannot Wait (ECW) seed fund. ECW is a United Nations global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises. It will cover 136,336 children and adolescents, 51% of whom are girls.
Interventions include cash transfer support to vulnerable families to ensure continuity of their children's education, supply of dignity kits for adolescent girls, school feeding, increasing and improving learning spaces and providing pedagogical materials to ensure children's access and retention in school.
On his side, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of National Education and Scientific Research, Pr. Frederic Bangirinama, thanked the Education partners for their support and contribution to the promotion of education with special mention to their initiatives in the sector of inclusive education for children with special needs, the school canteens and distance training of teachers, among others. "The Ministry calls all partners to get involved and take this opportunity to mobilize the 18 million dollars remaining for the Programme and reach the effective implementation of the projects on going", he added.
The MYRP will be implemented over a three-year period by UNICEF Burundi and World Vision Internatial-Burundi in collaboration with RET International, Right To Play, Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and War Child Holland (WCH). It will focus on the provinces of Makamba and Cibitoke in reason of the emergency situations affecting them, now and in the past.