Kagame’s son undergoes boot camp

Ian Kagame (C)headed to the bootcamp

Ian Kagame (C)headed to the bootcamp

One of Rwanda’s first sons Ian Kagame is among the 230 students who started a civic education boot camp (Itorero) that kicked off Monday at Gabiro Military Training School in Gatsibo District, Eastern, Province

Ian Kagame is one of the four children of Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame and was accompanied by his mother- the first lady Jeannette Kagame amidst high security as he boarded one of the buses heading to Gabiro.

Ian Kagame will be in the company of other diaspora students studying in colleges and universities abroad, most of them from well to do families.

Civic education is part of Rwanda’s policy to educate the youth about Rwanda’s values, political and government agenda.

Attendees of the three week course learn about Rwanda’s history, patriotism, self-reliance, among other things.

Dr. Celestin Ntivuguruzwa, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education stated the students are expected to transfer the knowledge they acquire back to their communities.

“We train the students expecting them to train others when they go back. The young generation plays a big role in the development of the country. The training will demonstrate the contribution of youth in achieving Vision 2020,” he said.

The students will be trained by a special team of 90 members of the Diaspora who have been undergoing training as instructors.

Some of the students expressed high anxiety and expectation from the training as most of them will be learning more about their country after spending early childhood years overseas.

“I don’t speak good Kinyarwanda, but am excited to be in my home country and to learn more about it” said one student Jason Rutayisire, 18, born and studies in Brussels, Belgium.

This year’s diaspora students’ Itorero boot camp is dubbed “Indangamirwa VIII” and will run for three-weeks from July 12 to August 2, 2015.

Records show, about 243,284 Rwandans have attended civic education training from 2007-2012 in different categories.

In the past this, kind of training was called Ingando, and it included basic military training. It was mandatory before enrolling at public universities in Rwanda.