University students urged on Africa’s self-reliance

Published by Théophile Niyitegeka
On 2 April 2017 saa 01:31
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Historians and politicians have held dialogue with the youth in various universities in Rwanda with the aim of seeking ways of making Africa a self –reliant continent and free from relying on foreign aid.

The talks dialogue was held yesterday organized under the auspices of students at the University of Rwanda, Huye Campus, with participants from Pan African Movement (PAM) aimed at promoting the principle of African and Rwandan spirit among Rwandans and beyond on the continent.

The president of PAM at the University of Rwanda, Huye Campus, Dan Nkotanyi explained that they organized the meeting in which they invited experts in history and politics to acquire advanced knowledge on what to be done in helping Africa to extricate itself from forms of slavery.

“We have registered 1000 members at Huye campus. We have organized such discussions to instill the spirit of Pan-Africanism among the students and encouraging them to mobilize others to do so,” he said.

Discussions revolved around history of Africa, PAM, education and needed reforms.
Dr Eric Ndushabandi, a researcher and lecturer at the University of Rwanda in political science; Prof François Masabo, a researcher and expert in psychology were among the facilitators.

Protais Musoni, the president of PAM in Rwanda said that the organization focuses on teaching Rwandans and Africans especially the youth to change the perception of and strive for self-reliance and contribute to their countries’ development.

“ We advise them to study with the intention of solving particular problems in Rwanda or in Africa. This serves as a strong foundation other than waiting for favor from someone else,” he said.

Students requested expansion PAM to other universities to make it strong in Rwanda and Africa in general.

Over 300 students from University of Rwanda, Huye campus, Kiramuruzi University Catholic University of Rwanda and Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences attended the dialogue.

PAM was launched at the University of Rwanda on 1st April 2016.

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University students who attended the dialogue yesterday.