Rwandan, international students discuss culture via video link

Over 20 students from Groupe Scholaire Mburabuturo in Gikondo have interacted with their counterparts from other parts of the world over skype. The students convened at Partnership Rhineland-Palatinate offices in Kigali for the two-hour cultural session.
Learners listen to a counterpart from German via video link last week. Rwandan students also had an opportunity to share their views. (Solomon Asaba)
Learners listen to a counterpart from German via video link last week. Rwandan students also had an opportunity to share their views. (Solomon Asaba)

Over 20 students from Groupe Scholaire Mburabuturo in Gikondo have interacted with their counterparts from other parts of the world over skype. The students convened at Partnership Rhineland-Palatinate offices in Kigali for the two-hour cultural session.

Mareike Broermann, the coordinator for school partnership, social and cultural projects at Rhineland-Palatinate, said the conference was intended to expose students in Rwanda to the life and experience of other students.

“Sixty young people from different countries were selected to deal with development and culture issues,” Broermann said.

The participants were selected from Rwanda, Spain, Turkey, Germany, Lithuania and Hungary.

“To come up with this total, ten students were selected from each of these countries and sent to Bad Marienberg. These are the ones exchanging a catalogue of questions concerning hobbies, daily life and education,” Broermann added.

Yves Mulihira, the headmaster of GS Mburabuturo, thanked Rhineland-Palatinate for inspiring the young generation and urged students to keep the good lessons.

“Learning about each other’s culture is very good and students need to exchange and adopt good ideas and skills from other countries,” Mulihira explained.

He commended their partner School in Germany, Otto Schott Gymnasium Mainz, for its continued support and cooperation.

“Over the years, the partnership has helped us access books, computers, photocopiers, uniforms and other equipment,” Mulihira added.

Ibrahim Kamanzi, a senior two student, said the conference helped boost his confidence and enriched his knowledge of life in Europe.

“I have learnt about other countries. It is important to learn and appreciate other cultures besides my own,” Kamanzi explained.

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