The news that members of the Chamber of Deputies have summoned Education minister Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya and Local Government minister Protais Musoni to explain to them the measures the two ministers have put in place to curb genocide ideology in schools, is welcome. This follows a report showing alarming levels of the ideology in some selected secondary schools, where it is apparent it is openly abounding.
However, the summon should be taken with a pinch of salt.
Stamping out genocide ideology should not be the work of only a few individuals. As is the case here, the whole student population cannot practice this abomination without some support however covert, from either the school managers, or the parents of the pupils. Actually, the environment surrounding the school that feeds it with pupils should be all cancerous, and should be held in suspicion. So, this means that the mandate to investigate genocide ideology tendencies and subsequent seeking for solutions should fall in many, many people’s jurisdictions.
The honourable members of Parliament should go to that particular session with open minds ready to discuss the problem, and give as much as they take. The huge numbers involved of people who subscribe to the killer mentality is the one that is worrying, and the objective is to whittle it down by luring people out of that mindset.
It is not an impossible task, as there are precedents where such negative feelings have been down to acceptable and less worrying levels, like the Holocaust and the Nazi adherents. Even when the Nazi flame did not die down in the German hearts completely, the Jew-hate ideology was controlled as the appalling results of the original supporters of Nazism were reviled publicly, and the young taught tolerance and unity.
As Parliament meets over this issue therefore, very many options need to be examined, and concrete decisions made, as the destructive fires continue smouldering in the breasts of these youths. Such fires should not be given chance to break out. Never Again.