Welcome Back To Africa has created a global network to provide a platform for students to exchange their experiences, knowledge and skills whilst working towards aiding the development of Africa through education. We believe that people and students, from all walks of life and countries, have positive and unique qualities that they can share with others.
There is currently an educaation crisis in Africa, demanding the urgent attention of political leaders and their aid partners. According to African Progress Panel, children who are born in poorer homes, females, anybody living in the rural or conflict-affected regions faces an extreme disadvantage to progress in the education system (Africa Progress Panel, 2013). However, stastics show education drives economic growth, fuels innovation and creates job opportunities.
Burundi is located in the East African region, bordered by Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania. We have dedicated ourselves to kicking off our education-foccused projects in East African nations starting with Burundi. In Burundi, schooling is free and compulsory for childrenn ages 7 - 13 (World Vision, 2012). Nevertherless, due to the civil war that ended in 2005, many schools were destroyed. The country now suffers from severe shortages in teachers as well as lack of access to education resources (African Renewal Online). Today, WBTA's aim is to build their first library in Burundi, which is only the first of many in Africa.
This summer 2017, with the support of WBTA ambassords from Belgium, China, Denmark, Italy, Sweden, Switzeland, Turkey, UK and US we will be heading to Burundi for our first annual trip to Africa. Our ambassadors will have an opportunity to meet with local students including various outreach activities to enhance both the students' personal and academic development.
During this trip, WBTA is collaborating with loacl charities such as Smile For Children. We aim to raise a total of £600, which will be purchased the following:
1. 432 notebooks (100 & 60 pages) for 100 less fortunate children living in Gitega, Burundi
2. Mathematics equipment to enhance learning for the next academic year
3. A day spent with local children, cooking food for the community and inspiring students to guide and help with career choices. Here our ambassadors will play a crucial role in reassuring the children and youngsters can eventually fulfil their dreams with on-going support.
Founder and CEO, Ives Kabayabaya left Burundi in 2003 with his family during the civil war that ended in 2006. He fled to Mozambique and completed his formative years. In 2008, aged 19, he came to the United Kingdom to settle with his family and started his new life. He first attended Lewisham College to study ESOL lessons soon completing a Higher Education Access Course at Kingston College in 2011.
Ives was inpsired through his travels to various countries in Eastern and Southern of Africa, after seeing injustices throughout his trips. This strenghtened his desire to work towards achieving equity for all. During his law degree, Ives for the first time created "Welcome Back To Africa Society" at Kingston University which brought together students across from different departments in order for them to work on project that could make a difference for those in needs in Africa.