RWAMAGANA/GICUMBI – Senior six leavers currently undergoing civic education training in Muhazi sector, Rwamagana district, have vowed to embark on the fight against HIV/AIDS pandemic.
“We cannot afford to remain passive while we continue to be affected by this scourge. I will start to educate the youth in my village about the dangers of AIDS,” James Barinda one of the students said.
Emile Gasore, the officer in charge of health in the district, said the youth’s role will be a big boost to the district’s anti-AIDS campaigns.
“The youth are the most vulnerable group in the society. They are also the most resilient of all the demographic groups in the society,” Gasore said. “If they understand the dangers of the disease, it gives us hope.”
Abdul Khalim Uweziyimana a youth leader in Rwamagana district urged the youths to desist from drug abuse and alcoholism.
Meanwhile, in Gicumbi district, the students constructed terraces as part of the civic education program. The students have so far constructed two hectares of terraces at Rwasama village in Byumba Sector.
Speaking to The New Times the head of the training at GS APAPEB High School John Nkunzurwanda, said the trainees are taught to participate in economic activities aimed at increasing agriculture output.
He added that this is also aimed at preparing them to be responsible citizens capable of contributing towards Rwanda’s economic development.
The Executive Secretary of Gacurabwenge cell, Elie Nzabarinda said the constructed terraces will benefit local residents to realise high agricultural output of potatoes in the next farming season.
“They have greatly helped local residents reduce the risk of soil erosion on this hilly part of Rwasama village,” he said.