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Burundi - Indero Idakumira (Inclusive Education): to promote the inclusive education of children with disabilities in the provinces of Gitega and Bujumbura Mairie

Project leader


Location Gitega, Burundi
Duration 2016 - 2018
Intervention Area Education
Funding 270 000,00 €


Burundi has joined the EPT Programme (Éducation Pour Tous - Education for All), opening up the possibility of providing access to education for children who have been discriminated against for a long time, including children with disabilities (CWD).

According to UNESCO, less than 10% of children with disabilities have access to education. The education of children with disabilities to date has mainly been possible via a specialised approach, thus depriving the children of their familial and social development.

Handicap International, in partnership with the Union of Handicapped Persons of Burundi (UPHB) and the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, launched a pilot inclusive education project from 2010 to 2013.
To duplicate this action and encourage more collaboration between ordinary schools and physical rehabilitation centres, Handicap International and its partners wish to extend the area of action to other provinces during this second phase.

The project is in line with Monaco's Official Development Assistance's flagship programme to benefit people with disabilities and with other current projects in the field of education in Burundi.

Project owner

Handicap International (HI)


Direct beneficiaries:

  • 1.652 CWD in primary schools and 1,351 CWD in specialised centres/PRC who enjoy an inclusive educational environment that is adapted to their needs for learning and socialisation
  • 10,645 children at pilot schools (inclusive educational environment)
  • 310 teachers trained in inclusive practice methods, with support
  • 36 teacher trainers from schools and centres, with increased capacity
  • 35 management staff from the Ministry of Education: 4 from the District (Prefecture) Office of Education, 8 from the City Office of Education, 4 provincial inspectors, 8 municipal inspectors, 9 heads of inclusive school
  • 80 reinforced parent peer educators to raise the awareness of families with children with disabilities

Indirect beneficiaries:

  • 1,652 families of children with disabilities who attend inclusive schools (approximately 9,900 people)
  • 50,000 people benefitting from awareness raising in the target provinces
  • 47,595 primary school children in the area of activity
  • Members of the Inclusive Education facility of the Ministry of Education

Overall objective

Improvement of the educational system and community mechanisms so that children and young people with disabilities can be educated in a normal environment.

Specific objectives

  • Implement an inclusive education scheme for children with disabilities in the project's pilot schools and in association with specialised centres, in line with the criteria developed by Handicap International and the schools
  • Implement practical, targeted and coordinated action in communities in the area of action, promoting access to ordinary school for children with disabilities
  • In the pilot areas, increase the number of children with disabilities attending school, who will receive specially adapted education with the support of specialised centres
  • With regard to national authorities and their partners, consolidate their approaches, their schemes and their tools for implementing Inclusive Education