Prevent Genocide ideology through publications— Education Minister

Prevent Genocide ideology through publications— Education Minister

The Minister of Education Dr. Papias Musafiri urged Rwandans 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.

Dr. Musafiri was addressing staff from the ministry and affiliated institutions during the 22nd commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and 6th anniversary to remember former employees killed during the Genocide.

Names of 77 victims (former employees) are already inscribed on the memorial site built at the ministerial headquarters. All people, including relatives are called upon to provide information that will lead to others so that they can also be remembered.

Senator Antoine Mugesera who presented a topic on how to fight the Genocide ideology said that Genocide studies need to be introduced at all levels of education to allow students join in the fight against any ideologies related to the Genocide.

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 to Genocide orphans through access to education, construction of houses and provision of live stock.

According to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Dr. Celestin Ntivuguruzwa, recent support includes 3 houses constructed by WDA through IPRCs, 22 students have been have been supported to study at Tumba College of Technology and IPRC-Kigali, about Rwf 2.7 million provided by REB to support families of genocide victims, about Rwf 1.5 million from Umwalimu SACCO to help Genocide widows in Bugesera district, Rwf 100,000 to help in the construction of Nyamata Genocide memprial site, among other forms of support.

The Permanent Secretary added that the Ministry and its affiliated institutions plan to support other Genocide sites like that of Bisesero, orphans in Kayonza district, provide 20 house holds in Gisagara district with water and electricity, reinforce research on Genocide at the University of Rwanda, construction more houses through IPRCs & polytechnics, donating cows to vulnerable families, among other activities.

Representatives from IBUKA and the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) commended the idea to incorporate Genocide studies in existing curricula, saying it would give back dignity to victims, comfort survivors and also help in the fight against Genocide ideology.

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