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Burundi: Schools

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the Government of Burundi on the reintroduction of confessional schools in Burundi. (139028)

We recognise the important work done by faith-based organisations all over the world in delivering aid and development. Many play a strong part in education, through partnerships with national governments. In Burundi, we are working together with other donors to develop and support the Government of Burundi's national education sector strategy. Faith-based schools are included in the strategy, which will support all children to access quality primary education. Individual faith-based organisations have been involved in its design. We are working with our partners to encourage them to join together in a formal coordination body to strengthen their contribution.