University of Rwanda-College of Education Student Leaders of Clubs and Associations visit the National Liberation Museum Park

15 Jan 2024

Around 100 student leaders representing various clubs and associations, and youth volunteers from the University of Rwanda-College of Education, recently conducted a visit to the National Liberation Museum Park in Mulindi, Gicumbi District. They were accompanied by the Campus Administrator, Mr. Salomon Nshimiyimana, and the Director of Student Welfare, Mr. Musore Manege Fred. The museum illustrates the sequence of events before, during, and after the struggle by Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA), from 1st October 1990 to 4th July 1994.

The visit aimed to facilitate these young people to learn more about the history of the RPF Inkotanyi and why there was a struggle to liberate the country and stop the Genocide against the Tutsi. The students were received by the Museum staff, Ms. Alphonsine Mukamana.

Alphonsine Mukamana briefing the visiting team about the liberation struggle

She took them through the history of the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) INKOTANYI and Rwanda’s liberation struggle, portraying the sacrifices, challenges, and triumphs of the Rwandans who fought the struggle. She explained that the young people of the Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA) who fought the liberation struggle and stopped the Genocide against the Tutsis were predominantly young.

They also toured the Museum observing different monuments that illustrate the sequence of events before, during, and after the struggle. They were particularly delighted to see and enter the bunker that protected the then Chairman of High Command, now President of the Republic of Rwanda, H.E Paul Kagame.

The interaction between the students and the museum staff facilitated a meaningful exchange of ideas and perspectives. The visit not only served as an educational experience but also inspired discussions on leadership, unity, and the importance of understanding the country’s history.

On behalf of the team, the Campus Administrator, Mr. Salomon Nshimiyimana expressed gratitude towards the Museum administration for the immersive experience gained, acknowledging the significance of being well-informed about the nation’s past. He urged the students to learn much from the exemplary patriotic spirit that characterized the young people who liberated the country and stopped the Genocide against the Tutsis.

The visit to the National Liberation Museum not only enriched the participants’ knowledge of Rwanda’s history but also sparked a collective commitment among the student leaders and volunteers to contribute positively to the future of their nation. They committed to playing a significant in the fight against genocide ideology.

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