BUJUMBURA June 30th (ABP) – Under the high patronage of the Secretary General of the State of Baden Württemberg, the German Multicultural Center (CMA) proceeded, on Wednesday, June 28, 2023, in Bujumbura, to the ceremonies for the awarding of certificates to the Burundians who learned the German language in 2022, a check on the site by ABP has revealed.
On that occasion, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Burundi, Audace Manirambona, expressed his satisfaction with the partnership that the University of Burundi maintains with German universities.
The Secretary General of the State of Württemberg who led the delegation, Mr. Rudi Hoogvliet, said the language is of central importance in everyday life and plays a crucial role in cooperation.
The German Ambassador to Burundi, Dieter Reinl, agreed, stressing that learning German in Burundi shows that an essential step has already been taken in bilateral cooperation. He added that language is an unparalleled tool that allows people to speak to one another and discover each other’s culture and arts.
He also specified that the German course given in clubs, in certain secondary and university institutions, is proving to be a source of opportunities, via scholarships and others.
As for the Director and founder of the German multicultural center, Misago Aloys, he specified that apart from pupils and students, teachers also learn German. He encouraged others to take an interest in that language because the candidates for the first promotions have already benefited from scholarships. He deplored, however, the lack of teaching materials in almost all clubs. According to him, each learner should have their book, which is not the case today.
Elysée Irambona, one of the winning candidates, affirmed the importance of German although it is a very difficult language to learn. He also indicated that among those who master it, some have received scholarships and others have had a job teaching that language in clubs.
He asked that German clubs be integrated into all secondary schools so that pupils arrive at the University with a good background, to easily benefit from the opportunities offered by that language.