President Paul Kagame has said that it is the young generation’s responsibility to build on how far Rwanda has come and solve the challenges that the country is facing. The President, who was speaking to more than 180 young Rwandans studying abroad, reiterated that Rwanda’s socio-economic transformation will have to be carried forward by the youth.
The young Rwandans were concluding a three-week civic education training ‘Itorero’ dubbed Indangamirwa VIII. The training was held at Gabiro Combat Training Centre in Gatsibo District.
“You [the young generation] have more resources than we ever had. We want you to take this country further than we did,” the President said.
President Kagame further added that knowledge and qualifications, however good these maybe, would not help anyone if they are not complemented by cultural values. He called on young Rwandans studying abroad to always uphold their identity. “If you lose your cultural values, knowing what is wrong or right, you will have lost everything.”
The President encouraged them to prioritise what’s important so as to not waste any of their efforts. He emphasised that they should be selective and pick only what’s in their interests and useful to the country’s development. “Seek the kind of knowledge that builds who you are and your nation. Turn your back on whatever you deem harmful and of no use to you and your country. ”
Indangamirwa VIII included 109 boys and 74 girls studying or living in 24 countries worldwide; the majority of them live in Uganda, Burundi, China and the United States.
In the three weeks, the young Rwandans learned about Rwanda’s history, traditions and cultural values; and interacted with different personalities – from the public and private sectors – on how they can contribute to the national development efforts.