The Ministry of Youth and ICT in collaboration with the National Itorero Commission organized the second phase of Itorero for youth leaders from Southern and Eastern Provinces kicks off on Sunday, November 09, 2014.

This is the first phase of Itorero for youth leaders composed of 397 young people on Sunday arrived at National Ubutore Development Center in Nkumba, Burera District to attend a ten days Itorero that will end on 18 November 2014.

The participants are made up of youth representatives at national level, district level and Umurenge and staff in charge of youth sport and culture at district level, the coordinators of the National Youth Council committee. The theme is “We choose to be the foundation and pillar of development"

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and ICT, Rosemary Mbabazi stressed that “Our main focus here is to help Rwandan youth to achieve development and we need to understand our role to achieve that and you need to be agents of change.”

Brigadier General Emmanuel Bayingana, the Vice President of the National Itorero Commission urged youth leaders to embrace Rwandan cultural values; he stressed that “Intore” is a holistically educated citizen able to bridge socially created gaps and who is able to provide real solutions to real problems of the society.

The “Itorero” was a cultural school and it was the channel through which the nation could convey messages to the people regarding national culture in areas such as language, patriotism, social relations, sports, dances and songs, defence of the nation, etc.