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Education in Burundi

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Burundi education is still on its developmental stage. Private and public sectors had their equal share in the pursuit of educational growth and development. Most of primary and secondary institutions are owned by private entities while higher institutions are owned by the State. In turn, educational system is comprised of a complete set of preparatory, elementary, high school, college, and vocational schooling.

The Ministry of education and Culture is the executive body responsible for the regulation of the national education across the country. Education for All (EFC) is the flagship policy of the ministry. To this end, a Comprehensive Strategy Note for educational reform has been drafted in 2006 by a team comprised of members from the ministry. By 2015, the national government aims at achieving the Millennium Development Goal milestone for universal primary education.

In particular, Burundian educational system is comprised of formal and non-formal education. Formal education consists of primary education (six years), lower (four years) and upper (three years) secondary education, and higher education (four years). Non-formal educational structure is comprised of preparatory and vocational education. Preparatory instruction is characterized by Kindergarten schooling completed in two years while vocational instruction is characterized by technical schooling for lower level in five years and for upper level in seven years.

Roster of educational institutions within the country is composed of preparatory learning centres, elementary schools, colleges, lyceums, universities, and higher institutes of education. Education typically commences from October to June annually. French is the primary language of instruction utilized although there is a well recognized national language.

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