The Rwanda National Commission for UNESCO has organized a training for students representatives of media clubs and their mentors from seventeen UNESCO Associated schools located in Kigali city and Eastern Province. The aim is to provide them with the necessary knowledge on sustainable development goals and show their role in the realization of SDGs. This workshop was held in AVEGA Center in Rwamagana.
In her opening remarks, Philomene MUKANKUSI, the Director of Communication, Information and Documentation Unit at Rwanda National Commission for UNESCO (CNRU) explained the context of this training. It will help students and teachers to develop their media literacy skills, to know how to promote peace journalism in their schools, families and the entire Rwandan community and to participate actively to the realization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Lecturer Innocent Nzeyimana discussing about how to promote peace journalism in their daily life
During this training, the participants discussed about five topics including the role of youth and the importance of Rwandan cultural values to the realization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the peace journalism and elementary reporting skills. In the open discussion the Ministry of youth representative said that this Ministry is committed to create the HAPPI Generation, meaning that Rwandan youth should be Healthy, have Attitude and Aptitude which will help them to be Patriotic, productive and innovative.

Media clubs representative and their mentors busy with the training
The Sustainable Development Goals are grouped in five levels: Peace, People, Prosperity, Planet and Partnership. Mr Bizimungu Geoffrey, Director of Youth, Social &Ethics Empowerment Unit at Miniyouth, said that youth are and must be involved in all programs of promoting peace, fighting poverty, drugs, etc. On prosperity, he noticed that youth participate in the promotion of green and renewable energy sources which have a positive impact on the environment. Based on the National Strategy Transformation (NST1), he advised the students and their mentors to participate to the economic transformation by participating in youth cooperatives, promoting the culture of saving, creating new jobs and combating unemployment. He encouraged the participants to fight against hunger, malnutrition and stunting by approaching their families and neighbors of those children and sensitizing them.

The Secretary General of CNRU, Mutesa Albert, asking the participants to promote peace and tolerance and to play their role in the realization of the SDGs goals.

In his closing remarks Albert MUTESA, the Secretary General of Rwanda National Commission for UNESCO, asked the participants to promote the culture of peace and tolerance, to be responsible, patriotic, respectful to their educators. He advised them to work hard for their self-development and the development of the country. He reminded them to share the acquired knowledge from this training with their fellow students in their respective schools and the whole community.
Sixty eight students and their seventeen mentors benefited the knowledge from representatives of Ministry of Youth, Rwanda Itorero Commission, a lecturer in journalism from Mount Kenya and Christian University, and National Commission for UNESCO.

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