Three day workshop with the theme “Dealing with traumatic pasts, the only way to avoid repetition

In collaboration with the German Commission for UNESCO, the Rwanda National Commission for UNESCO (CNRU) organized a three day workshop with the theme “Dealing with traumatic pasts, the only way to avoid repetition”. This workshop gathered Rwanda and German students and their teachers from both side.

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The participants in presentation

The Thursday February 20, 2014 was the first day of this workshop. Once in the conference room, there was an introduction of each and every one which was followed by a group discussion on different concepts including love, happiness, peace, entrepreneur, prosperity and health. Those discussions took place in Partnershaft Rhepineland-Palatinate Rwanda office.
In the afternoon, the group visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial where they saw the holocaust of Rwandan Tutsi, the pictures of some children killed during the genocide and how they were killed and other kind of genocide which happened in the other part of the world. Questions were asked to the guide and adequate answers given.

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Serge RWIGAMBA explaining how to visit this memorial

The second part of the visit was held in a conference room were the participants were explained more about the Rwandan history, Genocide against Tutsi, the memorial itself and other genocides that happened in other countries through different questions asked by the participants.

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The participants in the meeting room.

The second day of the workshop the Rwandan student tried to relocate their school on the administrative map of Rwanda.

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The map of Rwanda indicating where are located the schools of the Rwandan participants.

The second activity for the day was the visit to the German Ambassador to Rwanda at his residence. In his speech, the German ambassador put the emphasize on the theme of the workshop telling them that Rwanda government had succeeded to manage its past if we consider what have been achieved after the Tutsi genocide.

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The German Ambassador in Rwanda with his counterparts.

After his speech all participants had the opportunity to ask questions which were answered “clearly”. The German ambassador to Rwanda explained the Rwandan strategies to manage the consequences of the Genocide against Tutsi, giving by example the popular justice known as GACACA Court which contributed to avoid impunity and to overcome the big number of perpetrators, the unity and reconciliation commission to promote forgiveness and peaceful cohabitation.

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The participants had opportunity of asking questions.

He appreciated what have been done to secure the country after the tragedy and said that Rwanda is the only African country to insure the medical care of its people.

During the afternoon hours,
He appreciates the security in this country and he also appreciates how All Rwandans have the rights to medical care, saying that Rwanda is the only African country that provides the medical insurance to the people. In the afternoon, they went for the football match at Kimisagara Hope center which was built by FIFA through Street football World working in Berlin.

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The participants following the rules instructions of using this center (football ground).

In playing, each round had to play ten minutes and only girls (women) were allowed to score as it is in the rules of this football ground. The reason of allowing girls only to score, is that it is the football for hope, reason why they shouldn’t allow men to score because they are more physically feat that women.

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Only girls were allowed to score.

On Saturday, the participants joined the Lycée de Kigali community for a community work “Umuganda”.

Philomene MUKANKUSI
Umuyobozi ushinwe itumanaho muri CNRU


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