Kwibuka 23: Education still marked as major weapon against Genocide ideology

The Minister of Education Dr. Papias Musafiri on Wednesday stressed that schools need to provide teachings that help in the fight against the Genocide ideology.
Dr. Papias Musafiri placing a wreath of flowers on the memorial site at the ministerial headquarters.
Dr. Musafiri was addressing staff from the ministry and affiliated institutions during the 23rd commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and 7th anniversary to remember former employees killed during the Genocide.
Photos of some of former employees of MINEDUC & victims of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.
The Ministry of Education remembers 77 victims (former employees) whose names are already inscribed on the memorial site built at the ministerial headquarters.
MINEDUC top officials paying respect to Genocide victims.
During commemoration, the Minister also noted that the current Education policy promotes cultural values and benefits all Rwandans without segregation unlike in the past regimes. Introduction of new curricula especially on Rwanda’s history according to Dr. Musafiri will help youth understand true Rwandan history, guided by standard books written out of thorough research.
Staff from MINEDUC & affiliated institutions in an event of commemoration.
A representative from IBUKA commended the Ministry’s idea to have introduced new curricula on Rwanda’s history, saying it would give a true and proper trend of events. He however added that there is need to identify some teachers who propel the Genocide ideology, to control its effect.
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Civil society platforms, non-Governmental and faith-based organizations were also called upon to help in teaching the population about the danger with the Genocide ideology.
The Minister of State in charge of TVET Olivier Rwamukwaya joins in lighting the candle of remembrance.

Reflecting on this year’s commemoration theme, Dr. Musafiri said that building on Rwanda’s progress requires self-sacrifice to every citizen by embarking on tough transformation decisions.   

In their contribution to the wellbeing of Genocide survivors, the Ministry of Education with its affiliated institutions; Workforce Development Authority (WDA), Rwanda Education Board (REB), Rwanda’s Higher Education Council (HEC) and Umwalimu SACCO have been engaged in support activities through access to education, construction of houses and provision of live stock, among other services 

Support activities under WDA in 2016 and affiliated institutions

Contribution of Rwf 500, 000 to Kamonyi genocide memorial site by WDA Staff.

IPRC-Kigali

·      Constructed and donated a house worth Frw 20,000,000 to a Genocide survivor in Rushehe sector, Kicukiro district.

·      Provision of Water tanks (under water collection & harvest project)  to 50 house holds in Bumbogo sector, Gasabo district.

·      Provision of 12 scholarships to Genocide orphans

IPRC South 

·      Donation of solar energy equipment supplier to 20 homes of Genocide widows in Gikonko Sector, located in Gisagara district. The solar energy equipment were accompanied by TV screens and radio sets and torches, worth 15 million Rwandan francs.

·      Training 17 youth survivors of Genocide in Multimedia studies.

IPRC-West:

·      Supporting 5 students under diploma courses

·      Contribution of 4 cows worth Rwf 1,200,000 as donation to vulnerable house holds of Genocide survivors

·      Training 25 women in Hospitality studies

·      Training 25 youth in Construction

IPRC-North (Tumba College of Technology)

·      Support to Nyarubuye Genocide memorial site.

·      Donation of a house to the family of a Genocide survivor, worth Rwf 15,000,000.

Musanze Polytechnic

Construction and equipping a house that was donated to a Genocide Survivor, worth 17,000,000.

Donated a cow and rehabilitated a kitchen for a Genocide survivor; all worth Frw 700,000 

IPRC-East

Constructed a house worth Frw 15,000,000, which was donated to a genocide survivor in Karenge cell , Kibungo sector of Ngoma district.

 Gishali Integrated Polytechnic 

·      Constructed a house worth Frw 9,000,000 which was donated to a Genocide survivor in Munyiginya sector (Rwamagana district)

All people, including relatives to Genocide victims were called upon to provide information leading to those missing so that they can be included in future commemoration programs. 

Like in the past years of commemoration, Rwandans are still urged to engage in more publications about the history of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi as a means of fighting its ideology, spread through a similar way by the perpetrators.

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