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Minister Irere decries educated individuals’ role in Genocide against the Tutsi

By Esther Muhozi
On 16 April 2024 at 12:49

The State Minister at Rwanda’s Ministry of Education, Irere Claudette, has highlighted the long-standing planning behind the Genocide against the Tutsi, underscoring its exacerbation by Rwanda’s education system.

During a commemoration event for former Ministry employees lost in the genocide, Claudette lamented the involvement of educated individuals in the genocide, which stagnated educational progress.

She remarked, "The deterioration began with education. Following colonial rule and policies of discrimination, Rwanda’s independence led to further exclusion of Tutsis from societal benefits, notably education."

Irere emphasized how the corrupt regime left Rwandan children, particularly Tutsis, orphaned and bereft of educational opportunities.

She noted, "Political circumstances drastically reduced the number of educated individuals, denying many based on ethnicity, primarily Tutsis, from pursuing education."

The Ministry’s commemoration efforts were hailed as crucial for reflecting on the genocide’s impact, especially among professionals and students affected by the tragedy.

Ntazinda Erasme, Mayor of Nyanza District, recounted how schools were affected by the genocide, with teachers and students immersed in genocidal ideology, turning schools into perilous environments.

He described the challenges of attending school during those times, where ethnicity, rather than merit, determined one’s prospects, risking denial of further education.

Ahishakiye Naphatal, Executive Secretary of Ibuka, stressed the role of educators in either fostering or corrupting character, highlighting education’s influence on shaping individuals.

Ambassador Prof. Joseph Nsengimana spoke of ongoing efforts to combat impunity and foster Rwanda’s progress, urging continued unity among Rwandans.

The Ministry of Education counts 77 former employees slain in the genocide, excluding educators and students killed across the country on the basis of their identity.

The Secretary of State in the Ministry of Education, Irere Claudette paid tribute to slain employees of the Ministry of Education.
Employees of the Ministry of Education laid wreaths at the mass grave
Irere emphasized how the corrupt regime left Rwandan children, particularly Tutsis, orphaned and bereft of educational opportunities.

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