20 septembre 2021

STATEMENT BY HIS EXCELLENCY THE MINISTER OF HUMAN RIGHTS, SOCIAL AFFAIRS AND GENDER ON THE OCCASION OF THE CELEBRATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD, 2018

Dear compatriots,

Since 2012, the International Day of the Girl is celebrated every year on October 11th. This Day aims to highlight the needs of girls and respond to the challenges they face. This Day also promotes the empowerment of girls and the exercise of their fundamental rights.

Martin NIVYANDI, Minister of Human Rights, Social Affairs and Gender declared for celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child, 2018 (Picture by Elie HARINDAVYI)

Today, whole generations of girls are preparing to enter a rapidly changing world of work, transformed by innovation. This context requires more and more educated and skilled workers. However, it is still noticeable that there are many young people, most of them girls who are not currently educated, trained or employed.

Through the national theme that has been selected this year « Support the Burundian girl by a quality education with zero pregnancy ». The International Day of the Girl Child reminds us that it is essential to strengthen the education of the girl in all its senses and forms, to widen her learning opportunities and to put her in an environment where she will no longer be exposed to pregnancies that ruin her life suddenly and involuntarily.

It is a question of inviting the entire Burundian community to rethink the way in which our young people, especially our young girls, are educated and educated in general and to chart new ways to facilitate their transition into the future world of work.

In recent years, Burundi has made significant progress in improving the lives of girls. This is reflected in the strengthening of the legal framework that has allowed the establishment of an education system that meets the needs of the world of work and other incentives that encourage the girl to stay in school with fulfillment. In the case of out-of-school girls, the Government has continued to be concerned about their promotion by strengthening their capacity to take charge of them through the development of income-generating activities, co-operative work, etc.

A whole week is dedicated to the girl and several activities will be carried out. These include the launch of the "Zero Pregnancy in Schools" campaign, sensitization sessions that will be organized through schools, visits to rural girls' associations grouped around income-generating activities to encourage them. , donating dignity kits to school girls and students, etc.
The ceremonies for the celebration of this day will be held on October 11, 2018 at ITEBA High School in Rumonge province. We invite the whole population of Rumonge and its surroundings to come massively support the Burundian girl through the celebration of this day.
To all Burundian girls happy birthday.
 Long live the promotion of the Burundian girl! Thank you! God bless you!
 

Elie HARINDAVYI

Le Coordonnateur de la Cellule de Communication et d'Information du Ministère des Droits de la Personne Humaines, des Affaires Sociales et du Genre

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