The youth in Rubavu District will be able to watch the World Cup live, courtesy of a project that has been jointly set up by the Ministry of Youth in conjunction with the One UN and other partners.
According to a media release, the tournament will be viewed on a giant screen to coincide with the national youth week, and various discussions will be held prior to the games.
The discussions, the release indicates, will centre on dissemination of information on education and health, specifically on HIV, reproductive health and child protection.
“If we want to reach out to the youth in rural areas, we have to be innovative...this initiative will give our children and young people a voice, education and the opportunity to enjoy the World Cup,” Protais Mitali, the Youth Minister is quoted as saying.
Both before and during the screenings, audio-visual training workshops will be conducted to help them build story-writing and equipment skills that will allow them to make reportage on the tournament.
Flip cameras, laptops and recording devices will be provided and social media platforms will be used to ensure that a global audience witnesses the excitement that the World Cup will bring to this remote area.
Through this, young people can interact with other young soccer fans around the world and share their personal experiences.
“Our future is pegged on the young generation, this project is just but a stepping stone of what the Ministry and the UN in Rwanda can do together to reach out to our youth,” Aurélien Agbénonci, the UN Resident Coordinator said.
This project has been developed in support of the One Goal campaign, which promotes education for all children.