The Burundi Youth Education & Development Summit

The Burundi Youth Education & Development Summit
“Establishing a Sustainable Education Development Program in Africa”

(Burundi, Bujumbura; July 17-20th, 2013)

byeds-2013-200Over the past decade, significant progress has been made in the field of education, and many African countries are making significant headway in the struggle to realize the Millennium Development Goal of achieving universal primary education. Since the turn of the Millennium, enrollment in secondary education has more than doubled and the net enrollment rate in primary education now stands at just other three-quarters of the child population. Despite these achievements, however, there remains much work to be done, with other thirty million children out of school and the highest illiteracy rate on earth.

The Organization for Youth Education & Development, in cooperation with the Burundian government, will offer participants the opportunity to discuss central issues and potential solutions regarding social development and educational programs in East Africa. Key diplomats, politicians, academics, and activists will come together to lecture and debate the matter at hand, allowing participants a unique and varied insight into this major issue.


Participation in the conference is open to governmental & diplomatic officials, academics, artists, journalists, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, young professionals and students as well as other interested individuals from across the world.

Certificate of Attendance – All Conference participants will be awarded an official certificate of attendance upon completion of the program, which will provide details of the high-profile speakers who took part in the event, and list the topics which were discussed.

If you would like to reserve a position and participate in the conference, please click here 


Based in Bujumbura, the Summit will be hosted at the Presidential Palace and a number of other important political, historic, and cultural locations across the city. Participants will also have the opportunity to partake in excursions to several important institutions and landmarks in the city, including various foreign embassies and governmental institutions.


The speakers during the Summit will include human rights activists, academics, dignitaries and heads of state and ministers, as well as leading figures and experts from international politics and education, the diplomatic community and civil society from across the world.

The Summit will focus in particular on the following areas:

  • “The Need for Cooperation in Making Progress towards the MDG: Key Successes and Core Challenges”
  • Teaching Reform: Advancing Education Quality & Equality across Africa’s Schools
  • Sustaining & Accelerating the Success of Contemporary African Education Policy
  • Major Challenges to Social & Educational Reform: Poverty, HIV/AIDS & Corruption
  • Opportunities for Cooperation with the Private Sector & Philanthropy Groups


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