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2008.09.22


* UNICEF sponsors intensive language course for returnee Burundian children
* 시간: 03 min 41 secs
* 촬영국가: Rumonge
* 촬영국가: Burundi
* 촬영일자: 03 Sep 2008


You’re watching UNICEF television.


Lois is Burundian by nationality but most importantly at heart.


Exiled in Tanzania for over 30 years, he decided to return to his native land and start a new chapter in his life.


SOUNBITE LOIS MANYLABONA “ I took my whole life in Tanzania in fact. I have only three years here in Burundi. That’s why you see my life is still unstable. I left everything in Tanzania, I was not able to bring it because I repatriated myself.”


The two civil wars beginning in 1972, forced a total of 400 thousand people to flee Burundi and find refuge in Tanzania.


But as all refugee camps are set to close by the end of 2008, voluntarily or not every refugee must now go back to Burundi.


SOUNBITE LOIS MANYLABONA “ In my country I know, If god wishes I will establish a stable life”


Lois came back voluntarily, but thousands have returned with the support that UNHCR, the Tanzanian and Burundian government has provided for nearly 2 years.


SOUNDBITE AUDE RIGOT Emergency Specialist: “We are already over 75 thousands returnees. This may seem insignificant but that’s 5% increased of the population. Burundi already being small and overpopulated, it reduces access to infrastructure such as sanitation, health and education.”


Despite the seeming peace the situation remains fragile and recovery may be jeopardized by the massive flow of returnees. In situations of emergency, restoring education can help children regain some sense of normalcy in their lives.


Assimilating the returnees’ population in the community is the best to way to prevent clashes amongst villagers.


But language is a major obstacle to integration, especially for children who often can’t go to school because they don’t speak the language of instruction.


With the beginning of the school year approaching getting them up to speed is now a priority.


SOUNDBITE IKUKO SHIMIZU Education Specialist: “ In partnership with the ministry of Education of course, we’ve helped financed “cours intensifs”, intensive accelerated language course in Kirundi and French, which are the two language of instruction in Burundi, so that these kids get somewhat better prepared to beginning a new school year in Burundian school.


The intensive course is taught in 7 weeks. 20 teachers selected by the Ministry of Education handle over 400 children.


Children reside at the school where they receive 3 meals a

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