In this year’s phase-out ceremonies, it did not only allow those aspects of healing to unfold but also created an opportunity for members of different safe spaces to showcase their achievements including but not limited to social-economic transformation, community outreach activities to the leaders around who then incorporate those members of spaces in their agenda.
This year’s Institute received over fifty applications from 17 different countries spanning across four different continents. Ultimately, 18 highly qualified university students and young professionals from Rwanda, DRC, Benin, the United States, and France were chosen to participate in the 2018 International PBI.
Children should not be taken as passive actors in their own education processes, if we want to produce citizens who understand their role in the society as well as their duty to participate in its management. In fact, children are not empty casks to be filled. They have skills that must be detected, and a personality that must be analyzed and sometimes channeled.
In roundtable discussions and confidence building sessions held in Ngororero and Huye Districts in June 2018, youth shared issues that impede them from to participating at local and national decision-making frameworks and fronted good practices that can address many issues affecting their lives.
Every society has historical, cultural, social, psychological and political repels that drive everything in it and also define the relationships between its members.
“Youth are the foundation for any country’s hope. When given the right opportunities, they can contribute to long term workforce constituting the sustainability of a nation’s achievements.”
Unconscious experiences can be transmitted from parents to children. One can summarize from the Rwandan saying that goes “Umuntu atanga icyo afite” loosely translated that one offers what s/he has.
Never Again Rwanda through its 2-year project "Inzira Nziza" trained youth on human rights and democracy and most importantly, how they can play a pivotal role in the political processes of their communities and eventually their country.
While, I had studied about rape as a weapon of war, I had never had firsthand experience of how my people experienced this kind of atrocity. At this moment, helpless as I was, I had nothing much to offer other than running to buy tissues to wipe their tears and mine. At this moment, I didn’t learn healing, but the need for healing.
In the particular case of Rwanda, the many cycles of violence and the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis had different and specific impacts on men and women in general. As in many conflict contexts, rape was used as a weapon of war and in Rwanda; it was used as a strategy to exterminate an ethnic group – the Tutsis.
Never Again Rwanda’s dialogue approach has been a linking factor between individuals from diverse backgrounds considering the fact that Kinyarwanda is widely used as a means of communication.