Kagame stressed the significance of using their newfound knowledge to drive Africa and Rwanda’s development forward. He likened their presence to drawing from a river of ideas for the nation’s rebuilding, cultural preservation, and defense. Kagame also highlighted Rwanda’s history as a reminder of the importance of safeguarding their accomplishments.
Among others, Kagame urged the graduates to become custodians of Rwandan culture, emphasizing the value of their individual contributions. He prompted them to ponder the reasons behind Africa’s lag in development compared to the rest of the world. While acknowledging potential employment opportunities abroad, Kagame encouraged the youth to remain connected to their homeland.
Furthermore, Kagame suggested that completing the training could open doors to the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) profession, welcoming various academic backgrounds. He emphasized that joining the RDF should be driven by passion rather than pressure. The training, which saw participation from students worldwide, showcased the continued growth of the Indangamirwa program since its inception in 2008 where 4,624 young Rwandans have taken part of it.