The UniRef mission in Burundi was initiated in 2014.
Burundi hosts more than 70,000 refugees fleeing armed conflict or persecution in neighboring states.
At a round table in Nairobi in February 2014 on the theme of development of curricula in UNHCR camps, UniRef began to realize an initial feasibility study in different countries in Francophone Africa. One of the decisive factors of our presence in Burundi is the advanced integration policy vis-à-vis countries of refugee populations. The policy provides refugees with the right, inter alia, to work legally in the country.
Recipients of UniRef in Musasa camp constitute of 60 students per academic year. The majority, approximately 60% , are Congolese refugees from The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Around the camp, there is a population of about 40% Burundian nationals. UniRef has decided to integrate Burundian nationals within its mission in order to advocate for the integration of host communities which is also in alignment with the standards of the International Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE).
•Development of local institutional partnerships
• Construction of classrooms in partnership with UNHCR
• Constitution of the faculty body (professors from the local university and academic fabric) and
• Installation of a computer platform (25 computers) in partnership with the University of
Characteristics of Musasa camp
The Musasa camp was opened in 2007 by UNHCR. It currently hosts more than 6,700 refugees, the vast majority from The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Located in the town of Kiremba, 50 km of Ngozi, it has a capacity to host 10,600 people.
The number of young people is significant (only 1.6% of the camp population is over the age of 60). The camp does not present any security problems. There is a peaceful coexistence between refugees and Burundians living nearby, who frequently attend the camp to benefit from UNHCR services such as waterholes and medical services.
+ Infrastructures :
A total of 980 apartment houses in 21 districts, are made from hard materials (bricks and cob). The roofs are corrugated jail. The camp has no electricity. Access to water is available only three times a day.
+ Academic equipment:
The school facilities consist of 11 classes for preschool and 30 classes for primary and secondary education. Primary education is provided by The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and secondary education, by The International Rescue Committee (IRC).
+ Diplomas and success rates: :
The success rate of high school students for the State diploma (“humanities”) is high: 91.7% for men and 87.5% for women. It reflects a strong motivation on the part of students to continue their higher education.