In Rwanda, efforts are being made to get rid of Genocide ideology from schools and prisons. This will be done through an awareness and sensitization project.
The National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) has particularly been involved in getting rid of Genocide ideology in schools and prisons all over Rwanda. The campaign, which will go on for three weeks, will be targeted at 30 schools and seven prisons in the east African country.
The campaign plans to raise awareness as a tool in battling genocide ideology, especially in the younger generation.
According to the man in charge of memory and prevention of Genocide at CNLG, Clever Gatabazi, sensitization through awareness is crucial to getting rid of the genocide ideology.
“Fighting genocide ideology is a battle that requires everyone’s participation. That’s why to uproot genocide ideology, we need all categories of people,” Gatabazi said.
According to Gatabazi, most students in schools now were born after the 1994 genocide. He admonishes that they have to be taught this in school as part of their history. He believes they need to truly understand the regimes that were in charge of the country during the period and the role they played in fanning the flames that led to the genocide against the Tutsis.
The campaign also allows for dialogue between the students and the campaign workers.
“During the campaign, we create discussion groups that engage in debates to allow students express their views about the Genocide,” Gatabazi said.
He also said:
“A documentary film on the Ndi Umunyarwanda programme will be screened; the film, among others, consists incendiary speeches delivered by leaders who betrayed the country. This helps them discover the real truth.”
After it all, the students will be taught the new vision of Rwanda and how Rwandans “came out of the darkness”.
The campaign will make use of a slightly different approach in prisons.
“Majority of those in prisons were not among Genocide ideologues, so we use these campaigns to show them the main source and how it was planned to dupe them into doing what they shouldn’t have done.”
This would also encourage those who were involved in the genocide to come forward with how they had a hand in it and also apologize.
The campaign has affected students positively, as some of them have created anti-genocide clubs that helps to spread even more awareness.