Kirundi, Swahili, and French are the three main languages of Burundi, but now that Burundi is part of the East-African Community, it is important that Burundians learn English to fully participate in the political, economic, and social aspects of this organization. BFI English Clubs provide a free learning environment, and access to technology and books so that anyone may participate and learn to speak and write in English. These skills greatly expand job opportunities and provide a foundation for future economic, business and agricultural growth across Burundi. They help native Burundians to connect with the global community and develop self-sustaining opportunities.
The first BFI English Club began in 2011 with 35 students and 3 Burundi leaders. Today, we have over 75,105 students, 3,943 volunteer instructors, and 1,033 clubs serving throughout all 18 provinces of Burundi.
Because Burundians trying to learn English struggle with the lack of printed resources, BFI’s goal was to send over 40,000 English language books to Burundi’s universities, schools, and English Clubs. Thanks to the support of our donors and our partnership with Books for Africa, we were able to surpass this! We are proud to announce that we have sent over 100,000 books to date, and have prepared the shipment of 2 more containers to go out August of 2018.
As containers are commonly used in Burundi as shops, BFI decided to transform our containers into a libraries. We currently have 4 completed libraries, plus 2 more containers in the process of being converted.
Our hopes, are to one day transform all of our libraries into communities centers, where families can learn together and work toward ending poverty in their country.