The Lex Orandi Approach
Education in Burundi
Burundi is a small, landlocked country in east Africa, bordered by Rwanda, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since 1994, there has been conflict, political unrest, and few opportunities for economic security. These contribute to an ongoing brain-drain that has set the country's development back -- especially in education and health care.
Although Burundi is making progress in terms of basic literacy rates and primary school enrollment, there's still a long way to go because the country suffers from severe poverty, unemployment and a lack of infrastructure. The average annual income is about $300 and only 56% of children finish primary school. The public educational system has been undergoing drastic reforms to increase school completion rates and children's future employability. However, it has been difficult to implement these changes with an overwhelming lack of trained teachers, textbooks, supplies and infrastructure.
Even though the government has made primary education free for Burundian children, corruption and under-resourced schools have taken their toll on families. It is common to find several children sharing a single textbook and parents must sometimes bribe teachers so they will show up to class. With uniforms adding to the cost of "free" primary school education, Burundi is desperate for an alternative.
Unfortunately, traditional teaching methodologies are often limited to rote repetition where students are only expected to copy and memorize their lessons. Children in Burundi are not often encouraged to be expressive, analytical, or ask questions so more than half of students fail the national exams. Because minimum passing requirements have been drastically lowered, the few who manage to graduate high school are often unable to read or write at an appropriate age level.
We push students to compete with their personal best and give them the support that nurtures academic growth. Instead of lowering standards (which causes students to fall farther behind and eventually drop out when they cannot catch up), LOSKI students must earn a minimum of 65% in order to move up to the next grade. To support students who are in danger of repeating a grade, we offer summer remedial sessions so children are learning to the best of their ability and not just for a test.
An Affordable Option for Burundian Families
A Grassroots Solution for Burundi
Our low tuition fees give parents an economical option to provide for their childs' education. We offer small class sizes, textbooks sourced from across Africa, and a culture of reading where teachers make learning fun and engaging. From nursery school and above, LOSKI students are exposed to multimedia education and we will soon be opening a library and computer learning center for Lex Orandi students and the Kibenga community to learn ICT skills.
Lex Orandi School was founded by a Burundian teacher who deeply understands local culture and values. With a goal to use education to lift up other Burundians out of poverty, parents and community members have been actively involved in our growth over the years. Our mission of citizenship means that students are proud to be Burundian and view the world as the means to enrich the country, not as an escape from it.