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Rwandan schools set to receive new textbooks for genocide, peace studies

The new teaching and learning materials fit under the newly revised Competency-Based Curriculum and are expected to help build more peaceful school environment, families, communities and country in general. The books will help teachers to prepare lessons that equip students with critical thinking skills. This will prevent any circumstances that could trigger conflict or lead to atrocities.

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Kimonyo launches book on Rwanda’s transformation

Rwandan author and researcher Dr Jean Paul Kimonyo launched his latest book, ‘Transforming Rwanda: Challenges on the road to reconstruction. The book provides extensive insights into the transformation of Rwanda, right from the 1959 pogroms when thousands fled the country up, through the post-Genocide reconstruction of the last two-and-a-half decades.

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Kwibuka25: What role should women assume in the journey to transformation?

Rwanda has place women empowerment at the forefront, something that has enabled women to contribute to the development of the country. As the country commemorates the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, the country has made huge strides in terms of transformation, though much still remains to be done. Donah Mbabazi talked to a number of women on what they think should be done.

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How the youth learn about the country’s history

As Rwanda commemorates the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, it is important that the youth, especially those born after the Genocide understand what happened. “Being honest about tragedies is important, but remembering that we are talking to children is equally vital. The message of oneness, patriotism, human rights, tolerance, equality and equal opportunities should be deeply emphasized,” a teacher says.

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Kwibuka 25: the Genocide through the eyes of a 12-year-old

In the launching of his book, ‘Moi, le dernier Tutsi’ (Me, the Last Tutsi), Habonimana mentioned that he wanted to release his story for future generations to keep the memory of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. In his book, he describes how he witnessed killings targeting Tutsi families in his home village of Mayunzwe in Southern Rwanda.

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“That Child is Me,” A guide on how to explain Rwanda’s dark past to children

At just 11 years of age, terror befell Claver Irakoze who witnessed the Genocide against the Tutsi. It is the assortment of his past wounds and emotions that stirred the writing of his first book for children, entitled, “That Child is Me,” a book that is aimed at conveying awareness to parents on how best they can package the information of Rwanda’s dark to their children, without traumatizing them.

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FEATURED: Overview of Progress in Education post-1994 Genocide against the Tutsi

The introduction of identity cards by Belgian authorities in 1933, categorically established each individual’s ethnicity, the ID cards were used to identify Tutsi children in classes and discriminate against them when releasing exam results. It facilitated the widespread exclusion of Tutsi from schools and workplaces and were used by genocide perpetrators in 1994 to identify their victims, to the extent that they served as death warrants.

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A survivor’s dilemma in face of post-traumatic stress syndrome

A 52-year-old survivor of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi says after losing most of her family members, her life made a turn for the worse. Nonetheless, her journey after survival is still a heart wrenching one. The dark memories are fresh in her mind and this is making it hard to get over the past. She, however, says that the counselling sessions she attended helped her and now she is slowly recovering.

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Genocide horrors: Overcoming psychological scars

Traumatic memories are prone to haunt the lives of those who tend to survive horrendous events such as the Genocide. The time it takes for these wounds to heal depends on so many factors. With help and counselling, some heal, whereas others, unfortunately, battle with this trauma for the rest of their lives.

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Youth urged to reflect on the significance of reading on nation-building

As we commemorate 25 years of the Genocide against the Tutsi, youth were advised to embrace a reading culture because books can inspire, heal, empower and bring hope to a nation. This message was conveyed during the “13th edition of reading for change,” that was held at the Kigali Public Library, Kacyiru. The event was held under the theme, ‘Literature’s role in peacebuilding and unity’ with an aim of stirring a reading culture among the young generation.

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Peace studies: Why the curriculum is key in fighting genocide ideology

The 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi left behind unspeakable challenges, one of them is genocide ideology. This is why it is very important to have a deeper study of such underlying factors such that what happened 25 years ago never happens again. It is this concept that Rwanda Education Board provided a new school curriculum, alongside teaching materials with an aim of strengthening teachings about the history of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

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25 years later, how is rape dealt with in Rwanda?

Many young girls and women were victims of rape during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), set up by United Nations Security Council was the first institution to recognise rape as a means of perpetrating genocide.

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