By respecting Covid-19 guidelines, Today, Friday 18th June 2021 INES-Ruhengeri joined the whole nation to inaugurate the 27th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi.
The event started at 3:00 pm, with the visit to Kinigi Memorial Site, laid the flowers on the Kinigi Memorial site. A minute of silence was observed and a prayer was recited to pray for the victims.
This inauguration gathered representatives of INES students and staff, local government authorities, and the army. All speeches delivered in this ceremony turned around grounds of commemorating the Genocide against Tutsi, comforting the survivors and encouraging them to fetch energy from commemoration and fight against genocide ideology to meet the theme of commemoration which is “Remember-Unite-Renew”.
A flame of hope and candles were enlightened.
When addressing the audience coordinator of AERG-Indame (the Students’ Association for survivors of the Genocide against Tutsi) at the INES level, Mr. Eric RUTAYISIRE, said that the commemoration period is a very important opportunity for the survivors of the Genocide against Tutsi to rethink what happened to them during the tragic period of Genocide. He added that this period enables survivors of the Genocide against Tutsi to learn from history and plan for their future and for the nation especially youths.
The Coordinator of CNLG at the district level explained the historical background of the Genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda.
Vice-Chancellor of INES-Ruhengeri Fr. Dr. Fabien HAGENIMANA thanked the invitees and told the INES community especially the members of AERG-Indame, survivors of the Genocide against Tutsi to work hard in their studies, to be strong, and build their future. “When you set a target you try to reach it” he encouraged students.
He also said that in order to ensure a peaceful country, youth should be well taught, for they are the hope of Rwanda. He added and highlighted that divisionism and hatred were disseminated amongst youth through education. Civic education in past was a channel to spread divisionism in school. “In order to build the bright future of Rwanda, youth should be taught patriotism and Rwandan values in schools”. Our International students come here to learn not only the specific subjects in class but also to learn our history that why we bring them to the memorial site for better understanding our history and to help us to fight against Genocide denial.
When addressing the audience Mr. Clement TWIZERIMANA, in charge of Good Governance in Musanze district indicated that commemorating the Genocide against Tutsi is a shared concern to all Rwandans since every Rwandan was affected by the Genocide against Tutsi directly or indirectly. He recommended students have a vision, a good vision, and work together to develop our country. “Let’s keep in mind that Rwanda belongs to us and we belong to it. There is no reason to break this relationship”. He concluded