Rwanda: Mineduc instructs schools to step up the fight against genocide ideology

Schools should take the lead in the fight against genocide ideology and deniers, given that they accommodate a large number of targeted youths, said Valentine Uwamariya, Minister of Education.

She was speaking, on May 28, 2022, during the 28th commemoration in honor of more than 8,000 Tutsi killed at Saint Vincent Minor Seminary in Ndera during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

The victims of the genocide in this school include priests, students of the seminary, employees and thousands of other Tutsi from different regions who had come to seek refuge at the Petit Séminaire Saint Vincent de Ndera.

“Organizing events to commemorate the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in schools is an important activity that will help to learn and understand the history of the Genocide, preserve the history of the Genocide and its evidence, as well as to serve as a tool to fight against genocide deniers and genocide ideology,” she said. said.

She said the Ndi Umunyarwanda curriculum is an essential tool that schools should use to prepare a generation for the values ​​that build a unified and peaceful country.

The Ndi Umunyarwanda program was launched in 2013, with the ultimate goal of building a national identity and fostering a Rwandan community based on trust and unity.

The program is inspired by the desire to build a strong and united society after its tearing apart during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

It was initiated as a means of strengthening the solidarity of the people, defending their moral and spiritual values, as well as making them understand their fundamental rights as Rwandans.

Considering that the regime that planned and executed the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi used schools to spread genocide ideology and divide Rwandans, Uwamariya said schools should learn from history and take the lead to ensure that genocide never happens again.

“We must join our efforts in a journey towards unity and reconciliation. Today, no discrimination in schools. But there are those who still propagate genocide ideology and therefore we must redouble our efforts in the fight against them by following the values ​​taught by Ndi umunyarwanda programme,” she said, adding, “Our vision must be different from that of the regime that planned and executed the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

Those who deny the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi are using social media and we urge young people to also use social media to speak the truth about the Genocide against the Tutsi as a way to fight against Genocide deniers and genocide ideology , she noted.

“We also urged priests and Christians in general to intensify the battle against anything that could lead to the destruction of the country. This is based on the fact that there are cases of such people who planned and committed the genocide of 1994 against the Tutsi,” she said.

Testimony of a survivor at Saint Vincent de Ndera Minor Seminary

Adrien Hategekimana is a genocide survivor who survived Saint Vincent Minor Seminary in Ndera.

She testified that discrimination against the Tutsi began in schools until the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

“In schools, teachers used to discriminate Tutsi students from Hutu students and this led our classmates to start torturing us,” he said.

Hategekimana said his family spent many nights in the bushes as they were still hunted and tortured as Tutsi.

“In 1994, on April 6, my brothers heard the news of the crash of the president’s plane on RFI. We spent the whole night trying to flee but we did not know where to go. still decided where to flee, we saw an attack by Interahamwe militiamen who came to kill us with traditional weapons. We decided to take refuge in the Ndera Seminary,” he said.

He said that while his family was waiting for a safe place, Interahamwe militia and soldiers started killing Tutsi in Ndera.

“I remember we entered a chapel in Ndera on the advice of my mother to stay there and pray to die there. But later we left the seminary because the attacks had intensified when grenades also exploded to kill us. As the days passed, we were thirsty and hungry. Fortunately, a refugee had Irish potatoes and we also got water from a tap in Ndera,” he said. .

Hategekimana said that although he survived, what grieves him the most is that he does not know where the priest who is his elder brother is.

“I survived the Ndera seminary when the RPF-Inkotanyi intervened to rescue us. I salute their efforts to stop the genocide. I have now managed to study and complete my university studies,” he said .

Théogène Kabagambire, president of the coordination body of survivors of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, Ibuka, in Gasabo district, said that apart from the Gisozi memorial site, other sites house more than 100,000 victims. genocide in the Gasabo districts.

“The history of genocide is tragic in Gasabo. We recently realized that 59 families were wiped out in a single cell,” he said.

Father Pascal Tuyisenge, Father Pascal Tuyisenge, Rector of St. Vincent de Ndera Minor Seminary, said the commemoration is an important activity to learn and preserve the history of the Genocide, adding that they are about to revamp the Ndera memorial site.

“We also congratulate Father André Havugimana who protected the Tutsi from being killed by the Interahamwe,” he said.

Clerics during a mass during the commemorative event held at Saint Vincent Minor Seminary in Ndera on May 28, 2022.

Family members of the victims look at the names on the wall of remembrance.

Education Minister Valentine Uwamariya and other officials observe a minute’s silence to pay tribute to the victims.

Students observe a moment of silence to pay respect to the victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi.

Valentine Uwamariya lays a wreath to honor the victims.

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