New book seeks to tell true Rwandan story

With an aim to give insights into Rwanda, its development, success and struggles, the University of Scranton will today launch a new publication, ‘The New Rwanda 2; success and challenges on the ground’.

With an aim to give insights into Rwanda, its development, success and struggles, the University of Scranton will today launch a new publication, ‘The New Rwanda 2; success and challenges on the ground’.

The book, is the second edition following ‘The New Rwanda: Prosperity and the Public good’ published in 2008 and is a compilation of opinion and commentary pieces from Rwandans and people who are well-versed with the history of the country.

The book which is in five parts, highlights the role of tradition in reconciling and reintegrating the country, success stories, challenges and possible remedies and gives  a projection of the future.

The first chapter, which features writers as Bishop John Rucyahana, Chief Justice Sam Rugege, Ministry of Culture and Sports Permanent Secretary Edward Kalisa, details how the Rwandan culture  and traditions that had almost been depleted during the colonial times played a significant  role in fostering reconciliation and reintegration.

The second chapter takes readers through several success stories and dreams that have turned into reality. Amongst them is the Rwanda Library Services which is leading in efforts to develop a reading culture in the country; Carnegie Mellon University, a world class university pertaking in the process to transform Rwanda into a knowledge-based economy, with ICT as a key driver, among others.

The book also highlights the challenges facing the new Rwanda and how they can be addressed. Among the challenges is ending the psychological legacy of genocide and curbing corruption.

In the 4th chapter of the book, foreigners give their reflections and observations. Among the features that appeal to many is the high composition of women in Parliament, public service and the Agaciro Development Fund. The last chapter sheds light on the dreams and expectations of Rwandans and the country they envisage in the near future.

In her Foreword, The book’s editor Sondra Myers, a senior fellow at the University of Scranton wrote that the book intends to show various aspects of Rwandan life and demonstrate how  they were linked in a harmonious partnership to ensure economic, political and civic justice. 

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