Hon. Minister Dr Vincent BIRUTA at lead in the 2nd Session of NDI UMUNYARWANDA at ULK
The community of ULK Kigali campus as comprised by the management, staff and students, hosted the Minister of Education Hon. Minister Dr Vincent BIRUTA Wednesday the 4th June 2014 for a conference panel of discussion about “ Ndi Umunyarwanda”;I am proudly Rwandan. The Guest speaker was welcomed and introduced by the Founder and President of ULK Prof. Dr RWIGAMBA BALINDA, after the opening remarks and a prayer offered by the Rector of ULK Dr SEKIBIBI Ezechiel.
First off, it is worth pointing out that beyond being a current policy, Ndi Umunyarwanda finds its foundation from the national consciousness which was shared among our forefathers as Rwandans.
Early Rwandans were characterized with a high sense of patriotism and none can overemphasize on the way the Rwandan spirit was the beating heart of safeguarding the country sovereignty. The Minister remarked that the generation of today can learn from Rwandan history to construct a firm community; from social fabric to sustainable economic development. “ Nothing is as precious as living your peaceful life in your homeland, enjoying full rights of a citizen in your mother country- though sometimes we may take it for granted”, the speaker disclosed.
Looking back to both the positive customs passed on from our ancestors and the lessons learnt from the harm experienced after laying behind the Rwandan strings of unity, today Rwandans can take a good notice that upholding the Rwandan spirit will successfully guide the national development policies and practices. The audience was urged to own Ndi Umunyarwanda as a culture governing their labor, attitude , dream and prevailing offer any principle for their public interest or individual realization; whether inside the country or outside the country.
Speaking about the lesson form the Rwandan dark history, the speaker shed light on the role of the colonists in tearing down the unity of the Rwandan traditional society. The community was, before the colonization, well structured and organized to create a socio-economic balance which allowed them to survive possible difficulties and prosper together; some as farmers, hunters, others in pottery, army and alike. The division spark off with the stereotyping and polarization brought by the colonist, spread and nurtured by the first political regime what resulted into torture, threat, and attempts of the extermination of Tutsi. Had Rwandans kept hold of their national conscious, genocide of 1994 would have been curbed.
Urging the audience about owning and living the culture of Ndi Umunyarwanda, the Speaker stated that it is through our responsibility as Rwandans that we must bring back values of our accurate identity which were lost. After discussion and agreement, a couple of attitudes were prohibited to intellectual young generation as taboos:
- Adopting any ideology from negative forces
- Giving into the attempt of becoming an instrument of destructive plans against your mother nation
- Putting individual interest at the expense of the Public interest
- Acceptingeffortless promotions
- looking through the mirrors of difference and converge towards one vision.
Offering his closing toast the Founder and President of ULK Prof. Dr RWIGAMBA BALINDA, appreciated the Minister for his collaboration and the visit which was intended to nurturing conscious intellectual who act responsibly for their God, Society and themselves. The Founder also announced that ULK community commits to seat foe continuing ndi Umunyarwanda session to share the culture more firmly.