Light University in Burundi

Burundi is called the “Little Switzerland of Africa” because of its beautiful mountains. However, the country has some not-so-beautiful statistics it is trying to fix:

  • Literacy rate—67.2 percent for people 15 years of age and older
  • School attendance—only one in two children attends school
  • Poverty line—68 percent of the population lives below the poverty line

A national pastor further described his country as a “land of paradox.”

“Lake Tanganyika is beautiful, and many people from all over enjoy the good fish that come from this lake,” the pastor shared. “The fish are a blessing, but many of the fishermen still practice child sacrifice as a way to get the good harvest of fish. That is the paradox. Often a child is sacrificed to the spirits of the lake in order to get the blessing of a good harvest of fish.”

Burundi’s government protects religious freedom, and Christianity is the most prominent religion. Light University is working to reverse the above trends while training its students in the Christian faith. After opening in September 2000, Light has grown to become Burundi’s second-largest university.

More than 3,000 students attend the school’s three campuses, all located in the capital city of Bujumbura. Classes are taught in both English and French; and majors include theology, computer science, finance and accounting, marketing and management, law, communication and development, and audio visual communication. The university also has master’s programs in business administration, leadership, communications, and business law.

Through its classes and programs, Light University strives to provide its students with practical intellectual, scientific, technical, and moral training so they are ready to serve Burundi immediately after graduation. The school also aims to educate its students in the values of peace, tolerance, integrity, and fairness and to ensure their physical and cultural development.

Do you want to go to Burundi?GO: Light University needs long-term professors and short-term visiting lecturers in a variety of disciplines. Read specific job descriptions and start praying about whether God is calling you to Burundi.

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