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Burundi: Burundi Education Profile


Alongside the increase objectives, the government is committed to a sustainable human development policy and to the fight against poverty. From this viewpoint, the major actions in terms of boosting human capital are essentially related to education and health.

The government’s efforts can be seen in the increase in spending on health and education. The 2008 and 2009 budgets take the Millennium Development Goals on education and health increasingly into account. In the 2008 budget, 22.6% of spending was on education compared with 17.1% in 2007. Education’s share of the budget in 2009 was additional or less the same as in 2008, although it increased in nominal price.

Education in Burundi is compulsory for six years, between the ages of 7 and 13.[1] In 1998, the gross primary enrollment rate was 62 %, and the net primary enrollment rate was 37 %. Primary school attendance rates are unavailable for Burundi. While enrollment rates indicate a level of commitment to education, they do not always reflect children’s participation in school.

The government attempts to provide for most of the costs of education through grade six.

An inequitable distribution of educational resources favors children in the south and central regions of the country.Discrimination against females has resulted in differential access of girls to education.

Additional than a quarter of the country’s primary schools were destroyed in the war, and a lot of teachers have been killed.Teacher training has been interrupted and it is difficult to recruit teachers to provincial areas affected by fighting.