When we commemorate the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, we reflect on one of humanity’s darkest hours and pay due respect to victims of the brutal Genocide in that took place in 100 days.
The students of FAWE GIRLS’ S.S convened in an event that officially commenced on the 30th May 2011. Guests included the school Headmistress, the coordinator of AERG at national level, the President of Never Again Rwanda, representatives from FAWE Rwanda and the school’s teaching staff.
It was scheduled for a week and modified from the national theme, “Upholding the truth: Preserving our dignity” to FAWE G.S.S’ theme; “Remembering our siblings and dear parents.”
The event was aimed at sensitizing youth of the true values and essence of commemoration since the humanity spirit of commemoration is subliming among youth in the entire Diaspora. During the week, students organized questions and answer dialogues on how commemoration has helped in the healing process of Rwandans.
Plays were performed by several students to show the difference between the old Rwanda and the new one. Documentaries about the political situation of our country before Genocide were broadcasted and it was for this noble call that the students were taught about the eight steps that led to the Genocide in Rwanda.
They learnt very many important aspects of commemoration and answers to their long ringing questions were given by different guests and among those was Pastor Rutayisire, representatives from Gasabo District, CNLG, IBUKA and other neighbouring schools.
On the last day of the commemoration week in the school, some of the students paid a visit to ‘Ntarama Memorial Center’ where they learnt more of our country’s history.
“We should not be engulfed in sorrow but stand for the truth as we move along the road of development,” was the common mantra.
In a nutshell, we should uphold the humanitarian spirit of commemoration over and above if we want to live and work together.