Dutch military officials visit Rwanda Peace Academy

On 21 February 2020 at 12:40

25 military officials representing the Netherlands in different African countries have visited Rwanda Peace Academy in Musanze district on Thursday, February 20th, 2020. The visits motive was to assess the role of Rwanda in promoting national security across the world.

Methode Ruzindana, the Director of Research Department at Rwanda Peace Academy took the visitors through a brief history of the academy and urged the officials to be Rwanda’s ambassadors.

The military officials told the media that they chose to visit Rwanda because they have so much to learn about the history of Rwanda and how it rose from the ashes to become the powerful nation it is today.

Brigade General Ian Blacquiere who led the delegation said that they visited the academy expecting to learn more from strategies Rwanda used to achieve development and security after a dark history.

Rwanda Peace Academy receives permanent support from the Netherlands and Brig. Gen. Blacquiere said it would remain so. He commended Rwanda for helping countries navigate the difficult path from conflict to peace by sending soldiers in peacekeeping operations and said other countries should learn from it.

Rwanda Peace Academy was founded in 2013 and offers training and research programs relevant to post-conflict challenges in Africa. The academy aims at enhancing regional capacity for conflict prevention and management, including post-conflict recovery and peacebuilding by employing international best practice. Since 2010, the academy has trained more than 3100 officials.

Rwanda is ranked second on the list of African countries that send the most peacekeepers in countries affected by political unrest after Ethiopia. Rwanda is also second after Senegal to send the most police officers for UN Peacekeeping operations.

A report published in November 2019, showed that Rwanda is ranked third for having sent the most soldiers and police officers in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). Rwanda has so far sent 1389 soldiers and police officers for peacekeeping to the Central African Republic.