GASABO - A group of primary seven (P7) pupils from Gayaza Junior School in Kampala, Uganda, visited Gisozi Genocide Memorial Centre Monday morning.
Accompanying the class of mostly 12-year old boys and girls during the week long study tour in Rwanda, is Headmistress Margaret Kibuuka who explained that the pupils would learn about the evils of Genocide.
“We intend to visit the Genocide sites and we want the children to learn something about the Genocide, which is not good – at least we should love each other, we should stick together so that we develop our country,” Kibuuka said.
Before their guided tour, some of the pupils demonstrated a reasonable knowledge of Rwanda in 1994.
“The Genocide was the time when people in Rwanda were killed and for no good reason, and some of them were mistreated,” one of the girls, Joan Nakyanzi said. Another one, Carol Agaba explained why she thought the visit was good.
“It is good because these things we are going to study, some are going to come in our exams so they are going to help us pass,” Agaba said, equally adding that there is more to achieve.
“It will help us learn about our world, what has happened in our world in the past when we were not here.” The young girl was also cheerful about visiting Rwanda.
“Rwanda is a nice country and we were told that it is clean…we have visited some parts of the Rwanda and seen that surely it is nice and clean. I have liked the country because the people are friendly. They are nice people,” Agaba said.
Agaba’s School is located just about 16 kilometers from Kampala and, the Headmistress noted that such holiday study trips, just like the one they did here last year, are usually arranged for the P7 class.
“We thought there is a lot for the children to learn and on top of that we want the children to move so that they can get exposed. We feel that if they are exposed they learn better,” Kibuuka said.
“Instead of going home to sit, we make arrangements for them so that they come, travel, learn, and relax a bit before they start another term.”
She noted that there are many other “educative” places they intend to tour in the country and, had already “covered the biogas system” which they thought was very useful.