Every year, thousands of Rwandan and international students visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial. The students are guided through the memorial to learn about the causes, reality and consequences of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. They are also taught about the importance of remembering genocide so that it can never happen again.

The education programmes run at the memorial share an important message of remembrance, peace, and personal responsibility. Visiting students learn about the unique efforts Rwanda has undertaken to overcome the challenges since 1994 and to foster a sense of shared national identity.

A typical education programme at the memorial includes the following components:

  1. Rwandan History: A group discussion on the economic, political and social factors that lead to conflict and violence.
  2. Genocide: An interactive session that asks questions including, ‘What is genocide?’, ‘How can it happen?’ and ‘How do ordinary people become perpetrators?’
  3. Understanding the ‘Continuum of Violence:’ A set of interactive discussions on analysing violence and decision making to comprehend how it happens.
  4. The Consequences of Genocide: A question and answer session on the challenges faced by individuals and society after genocide and how to overcome them.
  5. The Road to Peace: An interactive session that asks the question, ‘How is it possible to have sustainable peace after genocide?’ and tells the stories of peacemakers helping to rebuild their communities.

All education sessions at the Kigali Genocide Memorial are participatory to ensure students get the most out of their experience and take the lessons home with them.

The memorial’s education programme is currently undergoing an expansion thanks to the construction of four new classrooms that were opened in April 2014 at the 10th anniversary of the memorial. Each year, the memorial receives thousands of students.

If you would like to organise for your school to visit the memorial, contact the team here.

You can support the memorial’s education programmes by making a donation here.

Umubuntu International Youth Conference

From the 20-25 June 2016, Aegis Trust (which runs the Kigali Genocide Memorial) will host the Ubumuntu International Youth Conference under the theme “All for Humanity.” Ubumuntu is the Kinyarwanda word for Humanity.

During the Ubumuntu International Youth Conference, young people will learn about the history of the Genocide against the Tutsi and post genocide reconstruction. As an attendee, you will have a chance to visit memorials, reconciliation villages and hear from leading scholars and practitioners working peace building, conflict prevention and resolution.

The conference will connect young people from all over the world to work together for the good of humanity. You will be introduced to the Aegis Trust peace building approach and be given the tools you need to teach your friends and family about living in harmony with others.

By attending, you will join a global network of young people from all over the world who will work together to prevent genocide and mass atrocities. This network will be a platform for you to share your peace building work and experiences, have access to materials to use in peace training. It will also enable you to work with other young people from around the world to prevent bullying, racism, xenophobia genocide and mass atrocities.

Read more about the conference here.


Register to attend the Ubumuntu International Youth Conference

As a student, I will use all my force possible against everyone who has ideas of not knowing the value of human.

Student, Male, Rwanda

After all I have seen I would like to say ‘genocide never again’. As a young person, I will reject the ideology of genocide.

Student, Female, Rwanda

Never again is the only thing I could say, and united we stand. It really hurts deep inside my heart.

Student, Male, Rwanda

I learn many things through this memorial and I say never again. I’m the one to fight against genocide ideology, to make new hope for the future.

Student, Female, Rwanda