Investing in little ones' education, our core value for shaping responsible future leaders

The President of YELI during a session of awareness arising in an underprivileged primary school in the northern quarter of Bujumbura the Capital.
It was a sunny morning of October when the team of Yell association reached out in different schools of the northern east area of the capital on the International day for girls education. Teacher Odette and one of her colleagues wake up early on Saturday morning with the purpose of reinforcing the skills of almost fifty underprivileged little children. This is a grade one class.
The target was to encourage the little ones and their teachers for more improvement and retention in school especially for little girls. It is obvious that they are the most vulnerable cause of their status and role within families where they are instead used for household works.
The commission required from them was to encourage themselves and advocate for their sisters, and neighbors especially little girls within their community. The picture shows their engagement to pursue their studies, and reach out others. "Stay courageous and be blessed for this empowerment you provide to the little ones" the Yell President said to Mrs. Odette.
Inn fact Mrs Odette and her colleague are in charge of a group of more than one hundred children who gather in the morning session and another one of the same number in the afternoon all along the week. Though she is assisted by her colleague, it is impossible for them to educate the little ones because they are working in bad conditions. The teacher in the corner in a white T-shirt is correcting exercises done by the little ones. "It is so hard to teach and supervise such a number of children in an open room exposed to wind and sometimes rain", said Mrs Odette. Although, both of them are encouraged to come back on Saturday morning, though it's a day off, to reinforce the knowledge of the kids. According to Mrs Odette, "empowerment is one's ability to transfer resources to the one in need, to help them help themselves". Unfortunately little girls are not as many as boys cause of their status and role within families where they are instead busy doing household works. During the session some questions were asked to the children about what are their plans for the future, and they were happy to give diverse opinions. Then they were asked to give their points of view about many little girls of the same age who were not enrolled in school. Some of the answers were: " It is normal, they are useful doing household works", others recognized that they were not allowed by their respective parents. "some of them were registered but gave up progressively due to a lack of means", mentioned others. While involving them in mindset change in their families and community, the representative of YELi ensured them they are strong enough and must be confident that they are able to change situation in their neighborhood. some examples of women Ministers, Senators, University teachers, were given to them.
UNFPA veut appuyer les organisations de la jeunesse pour l'élaboration d'une plateforme digitale qui va permettre aux jeunes filles et garçons de partager leurs expériences, d'apprendre,de s'informer et de se former à distance et à moindre coùt.
The PVE Youth Blast is aimed to contribute to peaceful and sustainable societies. In fact, we believe that including youths in the pursuit of peaceful and inclusive societies free of Violent Extremism must remain one of the central aims for which PVE policies are created globally. This is on account of the inextricable link between the increasing number of youths joining violent and extremist groups and the increasing threat of such terror groups.
With the support of UNFPA Burundi Country Office, Youth Empowerment and Leadership Initiative (YELI-Burundi) in partnership with WORLD PEACE INITIATIVE, COMMON GROUND CENTER and WORLD MERIT BURUNDI are organizing the DIGITAL YOUTH CONSULTATION ON PVE (Preventing Violent Extremism).
THEME:Effective Cooperation for Building CommunityResilience Against Violent Extremism The International Youth Action Against Terrorism (IYAAT)in Partnership with theAfrican Initiative for Women in Africa (AIWA Forum) and YELI Burundiwill hold the maiden International Youths Conference on Counter-Terrorism from 4th to 6th February 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya. This is planned to involve Delegates from UN member countries.
In its Empowerment Program YELI has launched the Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA) program to initiate savings and loan's competences among youth (Single Mothers, Deaf People, youth Clubs)
The IYCCT will bring together 200 youth Participants and leaders drawn from CVE (Countering Violent Extremism) impact countries.However,The IYCCT budget will only cover the Accommodation,meals and onsite transport (To and from the airport and during the conference) for 100 participants.The other 100 participants will be self sponsored.
After realizing a need to youth empowerment, The YELI Lead Team in partnership with a local Radio Rema F.M proposed a radio program called Future Leaders Show with a mission to awaken youth to self-reliance, awareness and confidence.
The night of 8th February 2014, many Burundian families lost their loved ones and Were left empty-handed due to the floods and landslides which washed away All their belongings. YELI, recognizing a need, stepped in to assist in molding bricks and help to build some unsheltered families, victims of the flood from Buterere and enable these mostly hit families to start their life Afresh. This particular kind of support had successfully brought back hope and smile on these victims of the tragedy
At the time that Burundi which is a French speaking country, strives to succeed with its integration in the East African Community and current global village due to communication barrier. The Burundian government decided to offer a code of motivation for Burundians at large and young people in particular to improve their oral and written expression in English by introducing English classes in the school syllabus from primary school . Still, challenges related to the problems in English language which is a viable tool of communication at the market place in this global village and especially within this community, constitute a major obstacle to Burundian people in general, and especially the youth; Which in the end , still limit the youth`s potentiality at the market place.