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The Event

Walk to Remember will work to raise awareness of and commemorate genocides and mass atrocities that have happened around the world. It is our goal to encourage young people to be active in fighting prejudice, intolerance and hatred in their own communities.

Walk to Remember 2016:

Location: Kigali

Dates: 9th April 2016

Itinerary: from the Parliament to the national stadium

Arrival time: 3:00 PM

Proposed activities:

  • The Walk
  • The Night vigil
    • Lighting candles
    • Reading 100 names of the victims of the Genocide against Tutsi
    • Songs,
    • Poems, Drama and other presentations by young people

Flame of hope; as we use to do every year we draw an image in which we use youth volunteers and light candles, this year we will draw a foot print and in the middle there will be a flame. This is to mean that while walking we incite people to make that step towards hope and a brighter future.

Number of volunteers: 500

Expected audience: 30,000 people

Invited Guest:

  • His Excellence Paul Kagame The President of the Republic of Rwanda
  • Minister of Sports and culture
  • The Kigali city council
  • All youth led organizations

Other Locations

In  Rwanda: Rwamagana (St Aloys ), Rubavu (Stade Umuganda), Rusizi(UR Rusuzi campus)

 

The Walk to Remember consists of five parts:

  1. Training Program for Rwandan Team
  2. Mobilization Period
  3. On-site Preparation
  4. Power of Image
  5. Walk to Remember Event

Aim:

  • To commemorate the genocide in Rwanda and remember victims of other genocides and mass atrocities
  • To educate young people about the causes and consequences of genocide and to highlight the role and responsibility young people have to help prevent such atrocities now and in the future
  • To provide a platform from which the youth of the world can speak out
  • To make ‘Never Again’ truly ‘Never Again’ by equipping students with necessary tools and understanding to take a stand against genocide within their own communities and abroad

Objectives:

  • To actively engage the youth of Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Burundi in an ongoing commitment to the concept of ‘Never Again’
  • To deliver awareness raising events in each country by holding film screenings and discussion sessions on what happened in Rwanda and its relevance today
  • To organize a commemorative walk in all of the countries in East Africa, India, USA and UK in April each year, engaging approximately 800 people in each location

Outcome:

  • Young people empowered to act against mass atrocities or genocide – whether in their own community or in other parts of the world.
  • Links established between young people in East African communities and throughout the world to act together on the issues of racism, prejudice and genocide ideology
  • Young people equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to speak out against genocide and promote unity within their own communities and abroad
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