THE ROLE OF YOUTH TO FIGHT AGAINST GENOCIDE IDEOLOGY
Wednesday 18, 2016 in conjunction with Ministry of Youth and ICT, Kigali Independent University ULK hosted a conference under the theme, “Youth, let’s commemorate the genocide against Tutsi and fight against genocide ideology”.
This event is referred to as YouthConnect Hangout, a program through which the ministry sensitizes young people through social media to get rid of genocide ideology. Present to the function were Hon. Tite Rutaremara, Rosemary Mbabazi, PS in the Ministry of Youth and ICT, Dr. Ezechiel Sekibibi, Vice Chancellor; Ayinkamiye Benoite, CNLG Representative, Charles Ndagijimana from GAERG and Cleophas Barore, the moderator.
Given the floor, Hon. Tite Rutaremara explained what is meant by genocide ideology, its origin, and the role of youth in the genocide. He emphasized that genocide has not roots from Rwanda culture due to the richness of values and taboos of Rwandans. The idea of genocide came from colonial masters who were trying to make people think that they are not equal.
Rosemary Mbabazi said that such activities which bring together young people are of great importance because young people get an opportunity to know the history of our country and how to get rid of all forms of any bad ideology. Indeed, conducting such sessions is a way for young people to remember their fellows died in the genocide. It is also worth mentioning that the genocide was mainly committed by young people who were imparted hatred by their families.
She also highlighted that within families positive values can be taught in a bid to build a country which is sustainable in all angles.
Mr. Charles and Benoite emphasized that young people should separate themselves from all evil ways which might lead to destroy their own country.