It is that time of the year when Rwandans and the world at large come together to commemorate the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. In that spirit Education Times focuses on the issue of genocide ideology in schools and whether its elimination is yielding any results.
We managed to talk to a teacher who has been in service for close to four decades to get a feel of what education was like during the days before 1994 and what things are like today. On the first day of the commemoration week President Kagame was on record saying that schools should teach students about what happened in 1994 now that the majority were either too young or not even born by that time.
Schools are a good starting point if our society is to be built with a proper Never Again mentality. Young impressionable minds ought to be moulded as good citizens who love each other but more importantly, love their country and are determined to protect rather than partake in its destruction.
Pres. Kagame’s humbling gesture of joining the youth in the Walk to Remember from Parliament to the Amahoro Stadium serves as a clear sign of his realisation that it is very important for the youth of this country to be focused on development and unity if everything that has been built since 1994 is to be sustained and improved.
There is so much literature out there for anyone keen on learning about what happened before and during the Genocide against Tutsi and young Rwandans should make an effort to look for this information in libraries and read it in order not to be swayed by Genocide deniers.
The numerous Genocide memorial sites around the country are great resources for those seeking knowledge and facts on what happened in this country. Never Again should such horror rain on Rwanda.