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EDUCATION ROUND TABLE, PROJECT WITH CHRISTIAN AID, ORDINATIONS, and OTHER NEWS
EAB Press February 2008
 
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February 20, 2008

[EAB Press - Burundi] EDUCATION ROUND TABLE
A Round Table was held 22-23 January 2008 under the title of "The Contribution of the Church to the Educational System of Burundi". It was on opportunity for the Anglican Church, representatives from other denominations, and the Government to engage in some frank dialogue about educational provision in Burundi. Participants from Congo, Rwanda, and the UK joined those from Burundi to share experiences and good practice.
A number of recommendations emerged regarding strategies for the strengthening of understanding and training, the creation of common policies, and the promotion of moral and civil values in Church schools.

PROJECT WITH CHRISTIAN AID
A major project is to be undertaken over the next three years in partnership with Christian Aid on the management of the environment and community based resources in Burundi.
Its focus is to assist poor communities in all six dioceses to identify, prepare for, reduce, and overcome the impact of emergencies and disasters.
It aims to undertake the reforestation of land, to improve the productivity of 3000 family plots, to enable better management of water and soil, and to build the capacity of the Anglican Church and local communities.

ORDINATIONS
Matana and Gitega dioceses have celebrated the ordination of pastors.
In Matana diocese 21 pastors were ordained on the 20th January. In his sermon Bishop John Nduwayo of Gitega diocese reminded them that much is expected by the Church and they should strive to remain faithful to the important commitment they have made to God's mission in the world.
In Gitega diocese 13 pastors were ordained on the 3rd February. Bishop Eraste Bigirimana of Muyinga diocese encouraged them not to fear because God has promised to be with them as they are faithful to His call to serve.

60 YEARS OF THE WCC
The Most Rev. Bernard Ntahoturi attended the meetings of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches, its main governing body, in Geneva from 13-20th February. The 60th anniversary of the 1948 founding of the WCC was celebrated and the challenges of the 21st century were discussed.

WELCOME
The dioceses of Buye and Matana have welcomed Rev Pat and Pam Brooks and Ms. Anne Grimwood who are in Burundi for two months supporting the training of pastors and visiting different archdeaconries and MU groups.

WHERE TO FIND OTHER NEWS
You can find information, news, and a video about the Anglican Church of Burundi by visiting our website at http://www.anglicanburundi.org/