Study tour at INES’ Botany Garden for practitioners of traditional medicine of AGA Network
On 15 July 2015, the CNRU was invited to a study tour at the Institut d’enseignement supérieur de Ruhengeri (INES) and its Botany Garden with practitioners of traditional medicine from the AGA Network (Ihuriro ry’Abavuzi gakondo mu Rwanda) from all districts.
The participants on behalf of the CNRU were Mr Jérôme KAJUGA Director of Department for Culture, Social and Human Sciences and the volunteers Paula SPIETENBORG and Monika PENTENRIEDER. CNRU has invited her privileged partner in culture Miss Heritage 2015 Joannah BAGWIRE KEZA to join its team. The delegation were received together with the chairman of AGA Rwanda Network Mr. Daniel GAFARANGA by the Rector of INES RUHENGERI Dr. Father Fabien HAGENIMANA.
 
The Rector of INES Ruhengeri received the delegation in his office
 
At this occasion, the memorandum of cooperation between INES and AGA Rwanda Network was signed in the Rector office. The Team of INES RUHENGERI comprised among others Mr NKUBITO Faustin, Researcher and Lecturer in Biotechnology who is also the coordinator of Botanic Garden project and Miss INES.
 
The two parties to the memorandum celebrating the act of cooperation
 
After the arrival of all invited traditional and herbal medicine practitioners from different areas of Rwanda, the Rector welcomed them, introduced the tour and communicated the outcome of the memorandum.
 
The trade-practitioners are briefed by the Rector of INES on the memorandum of cooperation
 
He pointed out that the contract was an important contribution to the preservation of cultural traditions and valuable knowledge in Rwanda. While the INES has the capacities and scientific and technical resources for the cultivation, conservation and research about valuable and endangered plants, it is important to partner with medicine practitioners who have the knowledge about the medical value and the opportunities of use of these plants.
 
The trade-practitioners in a study tour in the botany garden of Musanze
 
Afterwards, the Director and the staff of INES gave the group a tour of the well-equipped study and research laboratories and lastly of the botany gardens that include a vast number of different local and exotic plants that can be used for medical purposes and which were providing the practitioners a platform for exchange of new plants, knowledge, and information.
 
The delegation visited the well-equipped laboratories of INES Ruhengeri
 
The outcome of the mission, an advocacy to medicine tradition practitioners and a partnership with different institutions engaged in the field, was, therefore, successful.
After a lunch offered by the Rector in La Palme Hotel, the group left from Musanze and reached Kigali around 6 pm.
 
KAJUGA Jerome
Director of Culture, Social and Human sciences

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