Over 400 Imbuto Foundation supported students in a two day camp

By John Mbaraga
On 12 December 2017 at 12:19

A total of 420 students supported by Imbuto Foundation have gathered in Huye District in a two-day holiday camp aimed at empowering them by imparting life skills and positive values and attitudes to make them grow into integral citizens.

The 9th edition started yesterday is attended by Imbuto Foundation’s ‘Edified Generation’ scholarship programme from which 228 being enrolled for the first time while 192 are in their last year of secondary education.

The annual camp is implemented under the Youth Empowerment and Mentorship Programme, established by Imbuto Foundation in 2007, to engage, empower and educate Rwandan youth.

Speaking at the opening of the camp, Imbuto Foundation Director General, Sandrine Umutoni urged students to follow lectures so that they will learn much from them.

“I also call upon you to be on top in schools where you belong in, you should read books, conduct research beyond what your teachers give you,” she urged students.

“You should have enthusiasm in using opportunities that surround you and work hard for your development, families, community and the country in general. You should have your role models and we as Imbuto Foundation are there to support you,” she said.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth, Emmanuel Bigenimana thanked Imbuto Foundation as the main partner in supporting the youth in Rwanda, andhe pledgedthem continued support from the Ministry.

He urged youth to use the opportunity and learn much enough.

“Concerning youth here, you are benefiting from the current policy that supports youth, which was not the case for your parents,” he said.

In 2017 Academic Year, Imbuto Foundation supported 720 students from 110 schools from around the country.

In the camp, the students engage with speakers by using different methods of creative interactions such as group discussions and educative games. The topics of discussion include discipline, Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health, human trafficking, importance of saving culture as well as drug and alcohol abuse among others.

The 9th edition of Imbuto's holiday camp which is held for students under the Edified Generation programme, is held annually in H
PS Ministry of Youth - Emmanuel Bigenimana, Head of Groupe Scolaire de Butare (Indatwa n'Inkesha school) -Father Celestin Rwirangira, DG of Imbuto Foundation - Sandrine Umutoni, and Social Affairs Vice Mayor of Huye District - Christine Niyomugeni share a light moment during the holiday camp.