From the camp to the world Christian’s Success Story

Christian is a young Congolese who grew up in the Bwagiriza #refugee #camp in Ruyigi, #Burundi. From a young age, Christian was drawn to entertainment, he dreamt of becoming a famous actor and performing in huge decorated theatres; he also imagined himself sitting on a director’s chair and behind a camera directing #Hollywood movies. “AsContinue reading “From the camp to the world Christian’s Success Story”

An Unpredictable, yet Reliable Path to Development

This summer, on August 22, the Burundian NGO YouthGlobe organised a Youth Forum with the support of RET International in Bujumbura, Burundi. This event was of interest in its own right; it was successful and inspiring. But even more interesting, perhaps, is how it illustrated the fascinating paths education initiatives can take. The actors whoContinue reading “An Unpredictable, yet Reliable Path to Development”

Bridging the Gap between Conflict and Peace

  Burundians are one of the communities with which RET has worked for since inception. The economic, social and ethnic conflicts, which the country has experienced since the 1970s, have displaced hundreds of thousands of people and rendered a whole generation of young people vulnerable. It was in 2002, already 13 years ago, that RETContinue reading “Bridging the Gap between Conflict and Peace”

New Challenges Ahead – The Last Burundian Refugee Camp Closes in Tanzania

  Last August, after years of uncertainty, the Tanzanian government took the decision to close the last Burundian refugee camp on its territory. As a result, 33’819 Burundian residents of the Mtabila camp have been repatriated to Burundi. Dramatically, the formal education programmes in the camp were closed in 2009, leaving thousands of refugee youthContinue reading “New Challenges Ahead – The Last Burundian Refugee Camp Closes in Tanzania”

Training and Inspiring Young Women! (Burundi)

  The RET’s Training on Entrepreneurship has led to some students using their summer holidays to work with adult literacy classes to discuss with the women ways of setting up independent, income-generating activities. Others have got involved with youth clubs, organised by the RET, to promote the importance of formal education.     It isContinue reading “Training and Inspiring Young Women! (Burundi)”

Talking About Displacement With Refugees: International Conference on Forced Migration in Kampala

  Kampala, March 2012 – Very frequently, global conferences on migration and displacement take place without the participation of those directly affected by these phenomena. The RET, managing the DAFI (Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative) scholarship project in Burundi, therefore wanted to give a voice to one of its beneficiaries, enabling a returnee orContinue reading “Talking About Displacement With Refugees: International Conference on Forced Migration in Kampala”

It is Never too Late to Learn to Read and Write: Empowering Young Refugees through Basic Literacy and Numeracy Training

  Bujumbura, March 2012 – Since the month of June 2011, the RET – in collaboration with UNHCR – is implementing a project aiming at the empowerment of Congolese refugee youth through basic literacy and numeracy training. Initially, fifteen Congolese teachers in the three refugee camps were trained in literacy teaching and participatory teaching methodologies.Continue reading “It is Never too Late to Learn to Read and Write: Empowering Young Refugees through Basic Literacy and Numeracy Training”

The RET Renews Scholarship Contracts with Returnee Students

  59 returnee students have signed their DAFI scholarship contracts for 2012, administered by the RET, at the headquarters of the National Office for Returnees and Stateless Persons (ONPRA) in Bujumbura this Thursday, 1st of March 2012.   The selected students are 53 Burundian returnees (14 female and 39 male students) and six Congolese refugeesContinue reading “The RET Renews Scholarship Contracts with Returnee Students”

Peace Week in the Camps of Congolese Refugees in Burundi

Global Newsletter – January 2012 (Burundi) – Every year on September 21, the world celebrates the International Day of Peace. This day was also celebrated in refugee camps in Burundi and Congo. According to a baseline study commissioned by the RET at the beginning of its Peace Education programme in the refugee camps in Burundi,Continue reading “Peace Week in the Camps of Congolese Refugees in Burundi”

Theatre Forum, Burundi

The RET has organized theatrical performances in 39 schools (within the provinces of Kirundo, Muyinga, Cankuzo, Ruyigi, Rutana, Makamba and Bururi), all which benefit from the responsible citizenship programme. These theaters represented in Kirundi forums were designed to educate students, parents, educators and the communities surrounding the schools to promote responsible behavior = the key toContinue reading “Theatre Forum, Burundi”

DAFI – Reinforcing Capacities – Entrepreneurship training

  The RET is committed to strengthening the capacity and intellectual skills of students through training workshops and participation in international conferences. The RET’s DAFI scholars received training on Burundi Business Incubator (BBIN) in late June, which has given them skills in entrepreneurship, a valuable tool since the current labour market in Burundi is soContinue reading “DAFI – Reinforcing Capacities – Entrepreneurship training”

Burundi – Project to Assist Returnee Integration Through National Language Learning

  IRIN has published an article discussing the need for national language learning in Burundi for returnees. Returnee students often have no background in either French or Kirundi, the national languages of Burundi, as they will have grown up in refugee camps in Anglophone countries such as Tanzania.   The article includes an interview withContinue reading “Burundi – Project to Assist Returnee Integration Through National Language Learning”

Burundi Student Wins University Scholarship

  Salathiel Ntakirutimana, 20 years old, a former pupil of Lycée Muyaga in Cankuzo Province, has been granted a scholarship by Econet Wireless , and just begun his first year at the University Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA (University World College of Southern Africa) in Swaziland, where he will complete his undergraduate studies over the next twoContinue reading “Burundi Student Wins University Scholarship”

DFID article

  DFID, August 2010: ‘Back to School for Burundi’s Returning Refugees.’   In Northern Tanzania between 1972 and 2003, as many as 700,000 Burundians sought refuge from ethnic massacres during Burundi’s civil cars. Following the end of the second civil war in 2005, the Governments of Burundi and Tanzania agreed to close all refugee campsContinue reading “DFID article”