He sounded the caution during his remarks as he launched Itorero training for teachers with a focus on the History of Rwanda in Nyanza district.
He said that some historians distort historical records and re-interpret facts in a negationist fashion and that teachers should be careful about how they convey historical facts to students as some books are misleading.
“We organized this training to remind teachers about the right way to convey knowledge to students in history not necessarily according to what is written in books but mostly based on the historical facts we are aware of as Rwandans.”
Lt Col Migambi explained that a lot of history books about African countries were written by colonial masters who introduced narratives based on new evidence and biased sources.
“Historical revisionism in books leads teachers in Rwanda to convey biased facts written to counter the known and accepted narrative and that may mislead students about the values to champion based on their history.”
Dr. Ndayambaje Irené, the Director-General of Rwanda Education Board (REB) reminded teachers to use history books prepared by REB in order to avoid entirely fabricated historical facts.
He quoted Marcus Garvey saying that “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots.”
Mukakimenyi Mathilde, a history teacher from Ruhango district said that the training was helpful as it taught them to mind about forged history documents that are presented as genuine.
They were also reminded that it is up to history teachers to use their professional discretion to establish the truth.
Teachers requested REB to plan for more training and study trips for them to learn about the history of Rwanda from its roots.
Itorero training for teachers was organized by the Ministry of Education in partnership with REB and NIC. It brought together more than 1600 high school teachers at Mater Dei, College du Christ Roi and College Louis de Montfort schools in Nyanza district.