IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SAINT BENOIT TECHNICAL SCHOOL OF BUGENYUZI
The school system in Burundi
In recent years, the government of Burundi, with a policy of free basic education, has made great efforts in the educational field.
Despite this, the country's school system still suffers from various situations of fragility: lack of teachers, crowded schools, lack of school materials, crumbling and distant school structures.
VISPE, for over 50 years, has always had education support among its priorities for intervention. This is how in 2013 the Saint Benoit technical school was inaugurated in Bugenyuzi, a municipality in the province of Karusi, where VISPE has been present for over 40 years. The school’s training offer initially included 3 courses: electromechanics, industrial electricity and mechanics.
The school wants to provide students with training that facilitates their integration into the working market. In 2021, the government of Burundi approved the opening of a fourth specialization course: construction management.
This made it necessary to expand the school structure through the construction of 2 new classrooms and a new block of bathrooms for students.
As the school was unable to bear the costs of these constructions, it asked VISPE for help, through its director, to face this new proposal. It was just a few weeks after the director’s request that the Bettinelli family let us know their intention to make a generous donation on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the family company: FIMINOX.
The construction of these 2 new classrooms will allow young people, who will attend the new technical course of “construction management”, an easier access to the world of work and consequently to a salary. It will allow them to win the fight against poverty, to raise their communities and to contribute to the growth of the national economy.