Schools to adopt mandatory visit of memorial sites

The Ministry of Education is considering making visits to Genocide memorial sites compulsory, an official has said.The disclosure follows last week’s President Paul Kagame’s commemoration remarks in which he called for the teaching of Genocide in schools so that those who were too young in 1994 or those born after can learn about the consequences of bad leadership, which led to the Genocide in Rwanda.
Students at Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre last year. Visiting memorial centres could soon be compulsory for students, according to officials working on curriculum revision . The New ....
Students at Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre last year. Visiting memorial centres could soon be compulsory for students, according to officials working on curriculum revision . The New ....

The Ministry of Education is considering making visits to Genocide memorial sites compulsory, an official has said.

The disclosure follows last week’s President Paul Kagame’s commemoration remarks in which he called for the teaching of Genocide in schools so that those who were too young in 1994 or those born after can learn about the consequences of bad leadership, which led to the Genocide in Rwanda.

Dr Joyce Musabe, the in-charge of curricula development in the ministry, said genocide themes already feature in the current primary and secondary levels curriculum.

However, in its revision, she said, they intend to reinforce ways of teaching about genocide. In primary, genocide theme features in Social Studies, while at secondary level, it is studied in History and students may meet similar themes in General Paper.

“In the ongoing curricula revision, we are planning to increase genocide theme teaching hours and to make compulsory memorial sites visits around schools and this must be appear in teaching time tables,” she said.

Musabe said teachers will be trained on the subject to get them adept to the subject in the curricula.

How genocide is taught


A specialist in Social Studies and History at the ministry and a curriculum developer, Jeanne d’Arc Baranyizigiye, told The New Times that Genocide theme feature in Primary Six, whereby pupils are taught genocide definitions, causes and consequences.

They also learn differences between genocide and other forms of killings, how RPF stopped the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, justice after the pogrom and other genocides in the world to go for advanced details in secondary level.

“There are also written books for children and students which, after our supervision, are distributed for reading in order to improve genocide related knowledge but with curriculum revision, we plan to update the theme,” Baranyizigiye added.

The move will help harmonise teaching of genocide in order to make the youth acquainted with Rwanda’s tragic history so as to help forge a better future.

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