The area where the initiative is led, Kinama, is one of the poorest areas in northern Bujumbura.
There is no modern school infrastructure in Kinama.
There are too many pupils and too little adequate equipment in the area’s public schools. Children from poor families can’t get education so they turn to crime instead. ALDP started this initiative with the goal of reducing these obstacles by bringing in modern infrastructure for education and by providing the appropriate materials to ensure a high level of teaching.
The Emmaus school is divided by age groups into three sections: nursery school, primary school and secondary school. The school is open to all students, no matter their social background.
To help the intellectual development of our pupils the Emmaus school participates in the games and competitions organised for international events such as the journée de la francophonie [the international day for French speakers] and the Day of the African Child as well as for the different local events organised by the schools in the town.
We also organise capacity building for our teachers.
5 ALDP Executive Committee members, 31 teaching staff, 6 civil servants, 3 volunteer teachers from French and Belgian schools and 6 support staff members (hygiene staff, caretakers).
The Ministry for Education, Belgian and French schools, the Emmaus groups Bougival, Angouleme and Rédéné, the local Administration and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie [International Organisation for French speakers] in Bujumbura.
Building and fitting out the premises
Requesting approval to open and the relevant accreditation
Appointment of staff
Registration of pupils
Starting our activities
To increase capacity in our IT room at the secondary school.
To create a play area for our nursery children.
Since 2011, when the initiative was launched, our primary school pupils have been consistently amongst the best in northern Bujumbura based on the results of regional tests.
45 people have found a job.
Free schooling for 60 poor children.
At meetings and public events our good work has been talked about by the local administration and by the Ministry for Education.
In 2015-2016 11 out of 11 pupils passed the course in our first IT and management class at our secondary school.
Partnerships with Belgian and French schools.
6 students from the Université Libre de Bruxelles came to us on an internship thanks to our partnership with the Belgian school in Bujumbura.
We are currently looking for new partners in order to have an even greater impact.