A group of over a hundred students from schools supported by CARSA accompanied by their teachers has visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial to pay tribute to victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi and learn about the history of genocide through visiting the memorial’s exhibitions.
During this visit, students and their teachers learnt the history of Rwanda, the life of Rwandans before the Genocide, how genocide was planned, executed and its consequences. The group also learnt the process of reconstruction and how Rwandans are uniting and reconciling after the Genocide.
Corneille Kanyamanza, the Head-teacher at Saint Peter College of Shyogwe, revealed that bringing his students especially members of peace club at the memorial help them understand better their history.
“Our students will learn more about the history of the Genocide against the Tutsi and we hope they can go back and teach others who couldn’t come. We hope the message to be spread and our students will learn lessons on values that promote humanity,” said Corneille.
Eric Igiraneza, a student from Saint Peter College of Shyogwe stressed that their contribution as members of the peace club is to help the other young people create a better future and a nation where Never again is a reality.
“We came here to commemorate. Based on what we observed, we have realized that Rwanda has had a very tragic history, but as young people we are responsible to do all we can to prevent Genocide from happening again. We are committed to inspire one another to create a better future for ourselves and the generations to come,” said Eric
As part of the visit, the group also laid wreaths on the mass graves and observed a minute of silence to honor more than a million victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi.
CARSA is a non-profit organization that serves communities by supporting their journey towards healing, forgiveness, reconciliation and holistic development. They mostly train students, church leaders to promote peace and unity within the society.