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Time For A Non Violent Youth In Rwanda

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There is a quote that has been giving me inspiration and I want to share it with Rwandan youth like me. Martin Luther King once said that '' The choice is not between being violent and not being violent. The choice is between not being violent and nonexistent'' Time is now for Rwandan youth and Rwanda as a country to get over our terrible past, remove our misunderstandings and start rebuilding our nation as brothers and sisters. otherwise, a violent life is not worth living really.

But Let's face the truth: what happened in 1994, a terrible genocide was primarily our responsibility and youth played a big role in it. You can argue young people were manipulated by politicians, you can also argue that foreign countries assisted killers on one side or failed to rescue those in danger on the other side. However, None came from Asia nor South America with a machete and killed in our neighbourhoods. Young people had a choice to oppose and say I am not doing this or you are not killing anyone on my watch.

What we failed to do in the past, we can do it today and in the future.

Look around, search the Internet, analyse television images, think of a massive event you once took part. Young people younger than 25 years old are far greater in numbers and more active and much stronger than the rest of the population. It only means that if we decide to get involved and do the right thing in everything we do, no one will be able to destroy our country. No one! But this is only possible if there is trust between ourselves as trust brings strong friendship and brotherhood. Of course, our recent history will always be in each of our minds, whichever tribe or clan we belong to. But I am more than convinced than if we understand we belong to the same country, a country with one one culture and one language , if we understand we face the same challenges as Rwandans, then the clan we belong to will become meaningless in how we are going to live our lives.

Learning to live together in clubs and sport activities.

As students in secondary school like me, the best way to build strong friendship is through clubs and sport activities. School clubs are also the place to debate our misunderstandings that can lead to violence. There is probably an Unity and reconciliation club in every Kigali school. These clubs are the key to unity of Rwandan youth especially students in boarding schools. Schools and universities have also other type of clubs and chapters including debate, entrepreneurship, media, drama, girls in ICT, Scouts and more more. Schools have also sport teams —football, basketball, volleyball — that practice almost every day after lessons. All these youth activities ultimately contributed to create peace and reconciliation in the society that has gone through the ordeal of abominable violence, intimidation as our country did in 1994. It is not by chance that some government departments have put in place extra curricular programs for scholars and young adults all over Kigali and beyond. Also several Non Government Organisations and charities operating in Kigali are also involved in creating youth activities in most districts of the capital. Outside the schools, it is also a good thing that Rwandan youth are widely interested in football teams where you find them in different bars watching football matches of local teams such as APR FC, My favourite team Rayon sport, Kiyovu sport among many others.

Rwandan young generation is also interested in music industry  which has known a great growth in recent years with new local artists who have had enormous success. King James, Christopher, Jay Polly, Ellion Victory or Knowles are some of those who have been making headlines. More active youth join scouting groups or are involved in sporting activities such as basketball, volleyball and swimming.

Today I thought i needed to encourage young people of my age to join such activities. They are not only fun to be part of but also places  to share thoughts and ideas and most  importantly make new friends. I do also feel we as Rwandan youth need to engage in more educational groups and sport activities in which we take part and not just watching. Events and activities are more enjoyable when you are in action, when you take part of them.

At the my previous school in Mageragere. I was proud to be part of the 3 girls group that set up Ni Nyampinga group at our school. Ni Nyampinga is a Rwandan youth brand, aiming at inspiring adolescent girls to reach their full potential and enable them to have self belief and make good decisions for themselves in interactive ways. My plan is to replicate the same thing at Martyrs Secondary school my new school as well as encouraging my schoolmates to join after school clubs. The debate club which I was elected president is also getting stronger day by day. Anyone from a neighbouring school can join our practice sessions on Fridays from 16:00.

I know i am well surrounded and privileged as my mum is already engaged in a project aimed at reducing juvenile delinquency in Gasabo district. She holds a Masters degree in social entrepreneurship and her advice will be crucial for my plan.

Here are some places youth can meet up and have fun while making friends.

Maison des Jeunes in Kimisagara and Club Rafiki in Nyamirambo are well known for sport activities, dancing clubs and parties. La palisse and Sports view hotels are the best places for swimming and swimming lessons as they offer special prices for youth under 18.

Kigali City Arts in Kibagabaga is a community arts center with creative resources for both children and adults, offering classes as diverse as ballet, art, yoga, ceramics, and creative writing.

Ivuka Arts Kigali is a group of established artists based in Kacyiru and is dedicated to discovering and nurturing young talent while launching Rwandan contemporary art to global heights. At Ivuka Arts Centre there is also Rwamakondera Children's Dance Troupe performing Rwandan traditional dances and they practice at Ivuka Arts Studios every Saturday and Sunday. Young people interested in traditional dance are invited to join Rwamakondera.


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Aline Joyce Berabose is a keen reader and writer. She writes about issues related to youth and peace building. At 17, she has developed interest in blogging and global issues at early age. One of the brightest scholars in science, Multilingual and good communicator, Aline Joyce is involved in several activities including volunteering and debating.

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