Le Monde Commence par Moi (English)

“Le Monde Commence par Moi Burundi” (LMCpM) is the Burundian version of the World Starts With Me (“Le Monde Commence par Moi” in French). Adopted by the Burundian Ministry of Education, it is the national module for comprehensive sexuality education in upper primary and secondary schools. The national roll-out of LMCpM is part of the so-called Joint Programme “Improving the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents in Burundi”.

LMCpM supports young people aged 10-19 in growing up and understanding physical, emotional and relational changed. It addresses sensitive issues around love, sexuality and relations, such as body changes, pregnancy, contraceptives, HIV and sexual abuse. Through a variety of methods (such as role plays, discussions with peers, reading presentations), young people gain self-esteem, knowledge and life skills. Take a look at the factsheet (English) or fiche en Français.

“Le Monde Commence par Moi” is a paper-based module of 15 lessons for upper primary and secondary school clubs. It consists of a students’ and a teacher manual with a preface by the Burundian Minister of Education. 

“Le Monde Commence par Moi” is a paper-based module of 15 lessons for upper primary and secondary school clubs. It consists of a students’ and a teacher manual with a preface by the Burundian Minister of Education. 


Teachers can also refer to “Le Monde Commence en Bref” (in English: WSWM in short) that provides an overview of key message, activities and golden tips per lesson.

Additionally, a “Le Monde Commence par Moi” trainers manual is available. It guides trainers in training teachers who will facilitate “Le Monde Commence par Moi” in school clubs. 

Joint Programme “Menyumenyeshe”

The joint programme “Menyumenyeshe” (meaning be informed and inform others) aims to improve the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents in Burundi. It is a 5-year (2016-2020) €14 million partnership, funded by Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Burundi. It is implemented by consortium members CARE International (lead), UNFPA, Cordaid and Rutgers in collaboration with the Burundian Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of Education and national partners in Burundi. It focuses on three areas in young people’s direct environment: schools (using “Le Monde Commence par Moi”), communities and health centers. 

In March 2017 a baseline study was presented. Using a survey among 1,483 young people aged 10-24 years and various interviews and focus group discussions with young people, this report presents the status of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of young people in Burundi. More specifically, it reports their knowledge, attitudes, skills, and uptake of services and condoms, as well as the perceived support they receive from relatives and community leaders. The report is available in English and French.

Youth population

In Burundi, adolescents and youth make up 33% of the population. They face serious challenges, related conflict, unemployment and poverty, including a lack of access to sexual and reproductive health information and services. Young people are better able to make healthy decisions for their future and contribute to the development of their country when:

  • they are empowered and able to fulfill their potential;
  • they can access comprehensive sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health services; and
  • they live in an enabling (with parents and leaders supporting young people in growing up and making own choices).

Role of Rutgers

Within this Joint Programme, Rutgers provides technical support on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), and comprehensive sexuality education (CSE). This technical support will result in the availability of tested training and educational materials, and increased capacity of the consortium, national partners and government staff engaged in the Joint Programme. Additionally, Rutgers is responsible for the Planning Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (PMEL) within “Menyumenyeshe”. Moreover, Rutgers, together with CARE, the University of Amsterdam and Makerere University in Uganda, will conduct a study on the effectiveness of CSE in Burundi (funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research NWO-WOTRO). Results of this study are expected in 2019. Rutgers staff involved in the Joint Programme programme include a Technical Advisor SRHR/CSE and a PMEL Coordinator, both based in Burundi. 

Additional materials

It is not always easy for parents to talk about love and sexuality to their children. It is also not easy to know what to say to a child at which age. It is however a known fact that it is better for parents and children when parents have at least some positive communication with their children about issues related to love, relations and sexuality. It helps their children to grow up healthily and with confidence. This is why Rutgers and CARE decided to collect and answer the most frequently asked questions of parents, resulting in the booklet “Maman, d’où viennent les bébés?”, in French and Kirundi

Rutgers adapted two sets of card games, one for young people from the age of 15 and another for adults working in the field of SRHR of 24 years and above. The games will help them to talk about their values and norms concerning relationships and their sexual and reproductive health, in an open and respectful manner. It can be used in the context of WSWM (youth version) and SRHR trainings (adult version). The card games consist of 100 questions (youth version) or 50 questions (adult version) with instructions for use.

Materials in French