Since 2006 primary education in Burundi is free and since that moment the number of girls and boys in primary schools is rising. But there are still many problems, such as the low quality of education, the limited availability of teaching materials and the low level of pedagogical supervision. Given these facts the government has initiated to reform the primary education system. This reform has started in September 2013. It is in this context that the REP is piloted in order to improve the level of primary education in the Bubanza Province, in close collaboration with the education program of Cordaid in the region and in DRC. In DRC a similar program has started in South-Kivu, Walungu Region.

The appreciation of differences, and different learning styles.

Both school directors and teachers in the program recognize that the quality of the teaching could improve. The majority of teachers received limited professional training or support and face challenging numbers of students with limited resources.

Limited teaching materials and in general limited teacher training negatively impact the quality of education that a teachers can deliver to often large and diverse groups of children in a classroom. A teacher explaining and writing on a blackboard and children copying in notebooks is common practice. The schools are located in unstable, fragile regions with a past of violent conflict. School directors and teachers are aware that other pedagogical approaches exist and are interested to improve their skills and prepare their pupils better for the future.


Burundi (2014)

- 1000 pupils, 20 classes and

24 teachers

- Five schools in Burundi

- Partners: Cordaid, lADH, Ministry/Department of Education


The Respect Education program aims to enhance 

quality of teaching and improve learning outcomes of

children by creating a climate of tolerance and respect in

school classes.


The goal of this program is to improve the quality of education in Burundi and create a learning environment where every child feels safe and accepted by developing its social and emotional skills. This is done through a pedagogy that offers simple techniques to promote the value of respect, and synergizes concepts of adaptive learning, multiple intelligence, cooperative learning approach and group dynamics. A supportive and enabling environment will lead to improved learning capacity and better learning results.


The direct target group is 24 teachers and 1000 children (8-12 yrs old) at 5 schools, located in Bubanza District in Burundi. Indirectly we target the headmasters and all the teachers at the 5 schools in the program. Additionally the school inspection and other officials of the Department of Education at district and provincial level are informed and involved in the implementation of the program.