In a country where 74% of children have access to primary education, but only 32% have access to secondary education, FVS-Amis des Enfants wanted to offer the opportunity for vulnerable young people to access quality secondary education. This was the origin of the construction and development project of a large school complex including a boarding school, a college, followed by a high school, which can accommodate 463 students, of which 30% are OVC (Orphans and Vulnerable Children).
The teaching at the college (3 years) and high school (3 years), based on the recommendations of the pedagogical study carried out during the project's design phase, is in line with the programme adopted by the Ministry of Education and enriched with subjects such as Applied English, new information and communication technologies (a computer library is made available to students and teachers thanks to CFM Indosuez's computer donation) or courses on economic and social entrepreneurship. This institution aims to be a reference point by offering quality and bilingual education, comparable to the best institutions in Burundi (International School of Bujumbura and Gitega International Academy) and the sub-region (Riviera High School of Kigali).
As the quality of education remains a fundamental objective, the school has set itself the target of becoming one of the top five institutions at national level. Courses are organized around the following subjects: mathematics, languages, humanities, science and technology, entrepreneurship, arts, and sports. Students also benefit from permanent and individual support from the teaching staff. Lastly, the school offers students a safe and healthy school environment in which they can also practice sports and participate in inter-school competitions.
The care of each orphan and vulnerable child amounts to 1,500 € per year, which includes tuition (salaries for administrative staff and teachers, equipment and services: textbooks, Edubox software); boarding costs (human resources, food and expenses); school and boarding supplies (notebooks, pencils, pens, bed linen, towels and clothing); "Tuzokira twese" health insurance; as well as some furniture (bed and mattress).
On the occasion of the 2018-2019 school year, the school welcomes 356 students, including 42 OVC, 72% of whom are girls. The school results recorded by these students, supported by AMADE, the Monegasque Cooperation and the school, are very positive, one of these students is among the top three students in the overall ranking.
At the national level one of the students is in 5th place and two other students have been awarded a scholarship to continue their studies in Swaziland and then in the United States as part of a university course.
For each OVC joining the college in 6th grade, integral support of the secondary schooling (3 years) is taken care of: tuition fees, school supplies, uniforms ... accommodation in the boarding school and access to health care;
- Equipment for the boarding school including beds and mattresses for new OVC;
- Participation in the general functioning of the college: teachers' salaries, administrative and supervisory staff, continued teacher training.
On the occasion of the school year 2018/2019:
- 8OVC who joined the college when it opened in 2014 have finalized the first cycle of secondary education and are now enrolled in high school;
- 23 OVC are enrolled in the college (12 in the 1st year, 5 in the 2d year and 6 in the last year);
- All school-educated OVC benefit from health coverage and receive full support from the boarding school;
- All OVC completed their school term with good grades.
Access to education of Orphans and Vulnerable Children at the Matana secondary schoolI support this project
2016 - 2020
158 120 €
31 Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC)
FVS-Amis des Enfants
Secondary school of Matana "Amie des Enfants"
Stelios Philanthropic Foundation
To give OVC excluded from the education system, particularly girls, a quality secondary education.
Floriane, the fourth of 7 children, was born in 2001. She comes from an extremely poor family in Matana commune, Gasibe area, Ntega hill. Her mother, who is mentally ill, lived a life of wandering. Her father is poor and has a small farmland behind the house, which is not enough for his family's needs. After the 6th year, Floriane succeeded with a good grade and was sent to the Reference School "Amie des Enfants," which means friend of children in English, in 2014, by "Abatiteragira," a solidarity group that has always supported the girl in her schooling.
When she arrived at the Reference School of Matana, Floriane was a sad student. At school, the director, who is a psychologist, as well as the supervisors, have done their best to improve her situation. But she was missing the presence and the affection of her mother. The FVS-AMADE Burundi then decided to have Floriane's mother treated. A place in a psychiatric hospital was released, but it was difficult to find the patient. She spent a month in the hospital and is in better health now. Floriane is delighted and grateful to have found her mother.
Her academic performance has improved thanks to the support of the various stakeholders, the comfort, and the support offered by the school. She enjoys studying and, in her spare time, she is a member of the school's Protestant choir.Close
Floride enrolled in the Reference School of Matana city "Amie des enfants", which means friend of children in English, in 2014. Originally from Gitega Province, in Gishubi, Floride is orphaned. Today, she is in the 1st year of High School diploma in sciences. She wants to study medicine. She is proud to attend the Reference School in Matana. Since she began her studies there, she has had very good grades.
"Being with other children in another environment allows me to reduce my anxiety for my family."
She says she continues to work very hard to get her mother and sister out of the grievances of her half-brothers who still want to hurt them.
"The knowledge I get here at school opens my mind and gives me assertions to protect my family."Close
Ghyslaine is the eldest of a family of 5 children in Rutegama, in Gitega commune, Gitega Province. She is an orphan of father. Her family lives in extreme poverty so she cannot access health care. When her mother gave birth to triplets, one of the babies died because she could not afford to nourish him. A solidarity group then had mercy on Ghyslaine and helped her by giving her school kits. Although she has to help her mother with the housework, Ghyslaine always succeeded with very good grades. She finished the 6th grade with a score of 86.6%.
Seeing the poverty of her family, despite her brilliant academic achievements, Ghyslaine had decided to leave school to find work as a domestic worker in the neighborhoods of the urban center of Gitega to help her mother. She knew that her mother could not afford to pay for her high school.
The solidarity group, which helped her with the school kits, referred her to the Matana Reference School "Amie des enfants." When her candidacy was approved, Ghyslaine's mother had a hard time believing it. She wanted, in her poverty, to accompany her daughter to Matana to see this place that would welcome her daughter. She then asked for a small credit to her solidarity group to pay for her bus ticket and she worked for 15 days cultivating the land for the neighbours.
Ghyslaine is grateful to the Reference School "Amie des enfants" of Matana, which gave her the opportunity to have a better education and allowed her mother to see the importance of integrating a solidarity group. Today, Ghyslaine is a fulfilling child because she knows that her mother is able to take care of her brothers and sisters. She loves to pray and get knowledge by reading books.Close
Jovithe was born on June 15, 2004 in Kinama in Buyengero, the Province of Rumonge. She became orphaned in 2008. After her father's death, her mother became mental ill. Jovithe and her mother lived in a small hut and her paternal uncle fed them. Jovithe took care of all the housework, also worked in the fields with the help of her young neighbours. But despite the precariousness in which she lives, she still manages to be the first in her class. A solidarity group, which followed her in her schooling, referred her to the Matana Reference School.
When she arrived at school, Jovithe was anxious and worried about leaving her mother without any other help. She asked another person who could help her mother so she could calm down. In November 2017, when she just arrived at school, Jovithe's mother passed away. Returning home for the Christmas holidays, Jovithe's mother was no longer at home and her uncle purposely concealed the sad news, saying that he could not inform Jovith about the death because it occurred during the 1st quarter examination period.
Jovithe had a psychological shock and felt guilty for leaving the mother alone to live in the boarding school. It took her time to accept it but with the psychological and moral support she received at school, she is now serene and has resumed the course of her life.
She continues to have very good grades at school. She is now in Grade 9 and is now part of the students who were an immersion trip in English language in Uganda in July 2018.Close
Lauraine was born 13 years ago in Gitega, on Bihororo Hill in Giheta. She lives today with her maternal aunt Bukuru who is the twin sister of her mother Butoyi. Butoyi got married before Bukuru and two weeks after the birth of Lauraine, she died. His father then became mentally ill.
Once in the mourning, Bukuru found Lauraine's father giving hot water to a two-week-old baby because he had nothing else to feed her. Bukuru then took care of her. When getting married, she took Lauraine to raise her.
At school, Lauraine was hardworking. She was often in charge of the house, which prevented her from going to school. Despite this, she had good grades in the 6th. But as her aunt could not afford high school, the solidarity group, which supported her schooling for two years and that her aunt integrated for a year, sent Lauraine to the Reference School of Matana "Amie des enfants," in 2017.
She finished the 7th grade with a score of 62.9%. Lauraine is proud and grateful to attend the Matana Reference School. She thanks the FVS-AMADE Burundi who is always helping her and the people who sponsor her to have access to a better education. She loves prayer and wants to become a sister.Close
Nadine is currently in the 9th grade. She is from the Bururi Province, Mugamba Commune, Nyagasasa Hill.
She lives with her mother and four brothers. When her father died, her grandfather wanted to marry her mother, but the mother did not want to. Then her grandfather drove them out of her father's property. The neighbours had mercy on her family. They built them a small hut where they all live together, with their goats and sheep. Nadine's family found itself without arable land, hence its vulnerability. To feed the family, her mother works cultivating for the neighbours or rendering them other services. In return, she earns 1 Euro per day or receives 1Kg of beans.
"When I enrolled in the Reference School of Matana, I was not comfortable leaving my family. I always wondered how my mother alone would be able to feed my brothers. I was always worried."
But over time, she has been able to adapt and is determined to study hard so that one day she can change the conditions of her family.Close
At 13 years old, Bella is the oldest of three children. In 2015, her father and one of her siblings died. After the death of Bella's father, her mother had to leave her husband's property and return to her home in Kibago. Sick and destitute, her mother did everything in order to be accepted into the solidarity group "IZEREBIBONDO". With the help of a legal assistant, a process of recovery of the family property is under way in the Songa commune in the province of Bururi.
Among the other children in the Kibago commune who are also beneficiaries of the school kit support from solidarity groups, Bella stands out for her good academic performance (75.5%).Close
She was born towards the end of 2004, though the date is not precise as her birth was not been registered with the Commune. She was born when her mother, NDAYISHIMIKIJE, was still a young girl who herself still lived with her mother, NTAWUMENYA, who lived on the Mudende hill, Mudende area, Buyengero commune, in the province of Rumonge.
Denis BAZOMBANZA, Divine's father, was already married to another woman and was the father of other children when she was born. Originally from KINWA hill, KIRYAMA area, in the Songade commune of Bururi province, he went to look for work at Buyengero when he met Divine's mother.
When Divine was 2 years old, her mother left to marry and never returned to see her daughter again. The little girl stayed with her grandmother NTAWUMENYA who died of a natural illness a few months later.
In the same year, Divine's father died too as a result of an illness, but he had already reported to his family that he had had a child with a girl from the Buyengero commune.
The legal wife of Divine's father, Euphrasie NDAYISHIMIYE, took pity and had the courage to go and find Divine at the end of 2006. The new guardian raised Divine as her own child, she is a member of a solidarity group of the hill, and the child is included in the list of children taken care of by the local group. Divine passed from primary school to secondary school with 80% in her final exam.Close
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