Nyakabanda Secondary School in Muhanga District, yesterday, vowed to fight Genocide and its ideology.
The students had just returned from a study tour of Gisozi Genocide Memorial Centre.
At the site, the students received lessons on the history of Rwanda, how the Genocide was planned and carried out and the role of youth preventing it.
“The youth of today will not give a chance to Genocide and its ideology to infiltrate us. We have the power to change that history and build a new country and future,” said
Maria Gloria Iradukunda, the students’ representative.
The training at the memorial site was co-organised by the ministries of education, Sports and Culture under the project-‘Leaning from the Past, Building the future’.
“This programme was initiated after the 2008 parliamentary report that indicated the existence of Genocide ideology in schools. The objective is to educate students how to fight Genocide and its ideology,” said Parfaite Uwera, the programme coordinator at centre.
The students were accompanied by their parents and staff. The team also paid tribute to Genocide victims and toured the museums at the centre.
Marie Chantal Uwera, the Headmistress of the school, hailed the sponsors for the training, saying: “It was timely and important in providing quality education for a future generation of citizens with sound minds.”
On behalf of the school staff, Sharmant Ganza, said the students would sensitize others and participate in nation building by profitably using their energy.
This educational program on Genocide started last year and so far 80 secondary schools (in Kigali, Bugesera and Rwamagana) have been trained.
The program, currently focusing on schools in the southern province, will be extended to all secondary schools and universities countrywide.