The Power of Youth

Power is a word that nearly means authority or control. Youth have the power to change things for a better or worse future—they can bring negative or positive change.In Rwanda, both the positive and negative have been experienced however, we no longer need negative change. Even though our past has been marked with several horror stories about the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, time has come for youth to change the paradigm and start thinking about a great and positive future.
Youth have the power to make positive choices.
Youth have the power to make positive choices.

Power is a word that nearly means authority or control. Youth have the power to change things for a better or worse future—they can bring negative or positive change.

In Rwanda, both the positive and negative have been experienced however, we no longer need negative change. Even though our past has been marked with several horror stories about the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, time has come for youth to change the paradigm and start thinking about a great and positive future.

The youth of today are ready to change and leave a better legacy that will be a foundation for the generations to come.

Let’s tune back to the 90s, where most people across the world only pictured Rwandans as either killers or victims. Fortunately, out of these ashes arose a new dawn where the citizens of our beloved nation Rwanda, have made history in a positive light. Today, Rwandans are seen as capable people who can decide for themselves what they want as far as their lives are concerned.

This is best illustrated through the country’s Vision 2020 target that will see poverty chocked out of societies.

This is not a journey that is simply verbal, there is a lot of physical evidence as tremendous change takes its place in Rwanda and, youth are behind it.

‘Change will always come from the mobilization of the grassroots and rarely will you find change coming from the top.’  Our nation is desirable and through the commitment of youth, we stand together to make our dream nation better, true and real.


The author is a student at Sonrise High School.

jeano19@yahoo.com