The Minister for Education, Dr Vincent Biruta, has urged the youth studying and living in Diaspora to embrace the concept of Ndi Umunyarwanda as an embodiment of Rwandan culture.
The minister was addressing 273 Rwandan students studying in 21 foreign countries currently undergoing ‘Itorero’ training at RDF Combined Training Centre – Gabiro in Gatsibo District, on Tuesday.
The Itorero launch was also attended by the Minister for Sports and Culture, Protais Mitari, Rwanda Education Board officials, the chairperson of the National Itorero Commission, Boniface Rucagu, senior military officers and local leaders.
The Itorero is a Rwandan civic education institution which aims at teaching citizens to uphold cultural values such as solidarity, patriotism, integrity, and bravery.
Biruta told the participants that Ndi Umunyarwanda is about re-construction of the very foundation of the Rwandan identity.
He advised the students to represent the true Rwandan spirit and identity, adding that it was the foundation upon which the country’s tragic past was dislodged.
“A deeper understanding of, and embracing the concept of Ndi Umunyarwanda is important in rebuilding this country… It will ensure Rwanda never goes back to self-destruction.”
“The colonialists broke down our cultural values for their egoistic ends. As youth, you need to work hard to rebuild these cultures,” he said.
The youth will engage in discussions regarding their roles in the political and socio-economic development of the country among others.
Rucagu noted that itorero was a place to train Rwandans on how to build their country.
“Itorero promotes positive values which are enshrined in the Rwandan culture,” he said.