Ibuka chief Chaste Nkurunziza says it is something worth credit as the number youth who take part in commemoration conversations rises, as an indicator that they are willing to know the tragic history that shaped the country, but encourages bigger turn up in the next sessions.
Speaking to Bwiza.com, Nkurunziza said that, despite the turn up not reaching 100 per cent, the number of youth who take part in commemoration conversations is growing, something which he is proud of.
He said, ” it is so fantastic that youth in Rusizi are increasingly attending commemoration conversations, and what impresses me more is how interested they are in getting to know how the Genocie against the Tutsi was proceeded, how fast Rwandans were united and reconciled, as there is currently a good relationship among them and full security countrywide.
It has obviously led them to think about they can change the country’s history as they are considered the country’s future leaders” He is positive that Ibuka will keep organizing commemoration conversations as a special occasion towards the country’s recovery, by focusing on youth.
Joy Dusenge,19, says this is her 4th time she attended these conversations. she says that through her aquired academic skills, she will fight to change her country’s past for a bright future, swearing the conversations have been easier to understand than at school
She says, ” our teachers at schools are sometimes not specialised enought to tell us a lot about Genocide against the Tutsi and we struggle to get enough time to ask to understand well, which is totally different here. we get time to ask whatever we want to know and they try to broadly explain the truth about the country’s past. it could really be too tough to tell us a different story from the one we learned here”
She calls for more support from teachers considered experts on the country’s history to join youth in the conversation and share with them more information about it, while those who were involved in Genocide should also be invited to testify how it was being implemented, by answering some related questions that youth might have.
Dorothee Mukangango, 49, os a teacher in Giheke Sector. She insists the commemoration conversations are really a healing medicine to either Genocide survivors, perpetrators who plaeded guilty or development activists.She says it is an advantage that youth are willing to learn a lot from the country’s past by taking part in these conversations.
” I was so surpised to see an 8-year-old child, now in Primary Grade 2, attending these conversations. we, adults, feel really happy and believe to live in a a genocide ideology- free country, as the today studying youth will bbe theones who will teach the country’s true story in the future,” she said.