He made the call today in Gabiro military barracks as he presided over the closing of the 12th edition of civic education program dubbed Itorero Indangamirwa which comprised of 698 trainees including high school graduates and university students from across the country and the globe, as well as best performing public servants.
“This program is about raising the youth for our country. We want a country founded on our values and on education. We want to transform our country, to be liberated from poverty and ignorance,” stressed Kagame.
“Being part of Itorero also teaches you the role you have in moving the country forward. Being educated is not enough; you must have discipline and values. Itorero gives you the values to put your education to use,” added the President.
Kagame thanked parents for allowing the youth to be part of Itorero, enabling them to learn about their culture, country and where the country is going.
“Itorero is about raising our children and educating them in our culture. We want our country to be founded on our own values. We want to value our culture, promote it and learn from it,” he said.
The President highlighted that when someone is being taught, part of it is listening and following the teachings which should not be followed blindly.
He, therefore, urged the youth to use their own thinking to discern right from wrong and voice their own ideas. Kagame also reminded the youth to turn against wrong values or behaviors like drug abuse and draw attention to their future and the country as well.