I just read an article in The New Times mentioning that Rwanda will host the East African School Debate Championship in June. I believe that this comes at a time when Rwandan youth must develop critical thinking.
The fact that the youth account for over 60 percent of Rwanda’s population is significant for the development of the country.
When we talk about critical thinking, it goes beyond simply attaining an education; the youth need to develop skills in analytical thinking, communication, interaction and objectivity.
Without the above, the youth easily build up issues within themselves. As Rwandans experience sho, this unhealthy build-up only leads to violent behaviour and self destruction.
However, through open debates, more support and encouragement, Rwanda’s students can be lifted to a level where they can objectively debate and raise arguments about the issues that affect them.
This kind of capacity will put them on the platform to compete with the other four East African States during the forthcoming East African School Debate Championship.
I insist that all primary to secondary schools in Rwanda, instil critical thinking into their students in order to prepare them for the world out there.
Ignorant and shy behaviour is not exactly what the market expects of Rwandans. Instead Rwanda needs creative youth, with open minds, who will be at the forefront of the country’s development.