ULK/GISENYI CAMPUS STUDENTS BRIEFED ON THE ROLE OF YOUTH IN FIGHTING GENOCIDE IDEOLOGY
On 1st November 2018, ULK/Gisenyi Campus students had a great privilege to be briefed on the role of the Rwandan youth in the fight against genocide ideology, by Mr. Claver GATABAZI, in Charge of Education and Genocide Prevention Programmes in CNLG.
Upon the presenter’s arrival in the campus’s conference hall, there was a great number of students who had been eagerly waiting to hear from him. To get the ball rolling, the senior most of the campus, Lawyer ISHEMA Pierre, Academic Director, introduced the guest to the audience, revealed the theme of his presentation and eventually bade everyone in attendance to be all ears on grounds of the relevancy of the theme of the presentation.
“Today, our campus is honoured to host a commissioner from CNLG who has come to brief you, as intellectual youth, on the role you have to play in fighting against genocide ideology. You will all agree with me that the topic of today’s conference is of paramount importance since you need to know how you should partake in that fight to build Rwanda free of genocide and the like”, he was quoted saying.
In his introductory word, the presenter highlighted that the fight against genocide ideology is not exclusively the apanage of CNLG or just the government of Rwanda. Every Rwandan citizen, particularly the youth, must join the fight instead.
It followed that the presenter told the audience that for the youth to effectively get involved in the fight against genocide ideology, there are a number of requirements; patriotism, heroism, knowing the history of one’s country, just to mention but a few.
“In principle, there is a set of values that should characterize you so as to ascertain you are effectively involved in the fight against genocide ideology. Such values include among others patriotic and heroic spirit, awareness of the history of your country, altruism, and many more values”, he told the gathering.
The presenter went on to emphasize why the youth ought to know the history of Rwanda if they really want to engage in the fight against genocide ideology.
“As a matter of fact, you should take time to read or inquire about the history of Rwanda so that you can get to know past drastic events that marked your country over the years. Considering the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi, history will unequivocally show you how that genocide draws its root in the past, where the Tutsi were marginalized, discriminated and nullified. History will hence show you that the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi in 1994 was not an abrupt event, but rather a well planned event (…)”, he said.
Everything considered, he called upon the gathering to fight the people who deny the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi by all means, use of social medias among others. Still there, he bade the gathering to take time to educate local people and resist anyone who dares disseminate separative ideology among people.
The conference climaxed with a question-answer session during which various questions related to the theme of the presentation were asked and answered satisfactorily.