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Education in Burundi - An Overview

Burundi is one of the poorest African nations. Its’ knowledge economy is worrisome. Efforts are on through various government and private agencies to improve the economic conditions of this nation via means of knowledge integration, health improvements and economic alleviation. Efforts are made to make education is available right from pre primary level to university level to every one in Burundi.

Education is compulsory for children of age 7 through 13 years but presence in classrooms is significantly low. The literacy rate is low and there is large void between male and female literacy.

Given below is the UNICEF Statistical Data regarding Education in Burundi-

  • Youth (15-24 years) literacy rate (%), 2005-2010*, male - 77
  • Youth (15-24 years) literacy rate (%), 2005-2010*, female - 76
  • Number per 100 population , 2010, mobile phones - 14
  • Number per 100 population , 2010, Internet users - 2
  • Pre-primary school participation, Gross enrolment ratio (%), 2007-2010*, male - 9
  • Pre-primary school participation, Gross enrolment ratio (%), 2007-2010*, female- 10
  • Primary school participation, Gross enrolment ratio (%), 2007-2010*, male- 149
  • Primary school participation, Gross enrolment ratio (%), 2007-2010*, female - 144
  • Primary school participation, Net enrolment ratio (%), 2007-2010*, male - 98
  • Primary school participation, Net enrolment ratio (%), 2007-2010*, female - 100
  • Primary school participation, Net attendance ratio (%), 2005-2010*, male - 72
  • Primary school participation, Net attendance ratio (%), 2005-2010*, female - 70
  • Primary school participation, Survival rate to last primary grade (%) , 2006-2009*, admin. Data - 60
  • Primary school participation, Survival rate to last primary grade (%) , 2005-2010*, survey data - 82
  • Secondary school participation, Net enrolment ratio (%), 2007-2010*, male - 10
  • Secondary school participation, Net enrolment ratio (%), 2007-2010*, female - 8
  • Secondary school participation, Net attendance ratio (%), 2005-2010*, male - 8
  • Secondary school participation, Net attendance ratio (%), 2005-2010*, female - 6
Currently, the literacy rate in Burundi is just under 60% and the country is ranked 174 out of 182 on the Human Development Rank. The participation in university education is extremely low as either children did not begin attending primary school or drops out at very early stage and do not proceed to further level of study.
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