Adult literacy rate is the percentage of people ages 15 and above who can, with understanding, read and write a short, simple statement on their everyday life. According to World bank data, Burundi enlists 75% of adults literacy as per 2021 (https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SE.ADT.LITR.ZS?locations=BI) , and working towards achieving 100% of adult literacy by 2030 (SDGs).
The Bible Society of Burundi supports the Churches in Adult Literacy by providing them with materials and a program for literacy classes. The Bible Society of Burundi trains and equips the monitors who will then lead the Literacy courses in their respective Churches.
The Bible Society of Burundi uses “Buratamanzuye” Booklets which contain texts for learning from the Bible and texts based on daily life issues, such as agriculture and other life skills.
Currently, 16 classes are going on in Rutana at Rutana and Bukemba communes, 13 classes in Makamba province at Kayogora and Makamba communes, Classes are being held by 51 dedicated and certified volunteers.
Thanks to this project, illiterates in each church or locality implementing the project will be able to read the Bible fluently and thus come to interact with the word of God, and be able to read and write a short, simple statement on their everyday life.