Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre’s Education Program Advisor, Maggie Ziegler, has announced that the centre is short of funding to support an ongoing Genocide education programme that targets the youth.
Speaking to The New Times, recently at her Gisozi office; Ziegler said that the Education program should no longer rely on the overall budget of the memorial center.
“The program is funded by the general budget for the memorial center but we are trying to develop its own budget to get separate funding and identifying the kind of partners to work with,” Ziegler said.
“We have observed the promising and positive impact among our previous students who attended several of our workshops so we need to expand and strengthen the program.”
The program which has been running for one and a half years has benefited over 5000 students from various secondary schools in Kigali City.
Because of the positive results observed, Ziegler says the memorial center plans to start an outreach program which will aim at visiting schools and hold an extensive discussion on Genocide related issues.
According to Parfaite Uwera, the program’s education facilitator, one of the key impacts of the centre is reducing Genocide ideology in schools.
“The program helped the students to develop critical thinking and problem resolving skills. It also helps them to have individual responsibility,” Uwera said.
The program helps the participants to understand Genocide both in the global and Rwandan context.