Rwanda: Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding
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Please note that in order to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, program excursions may occasionally vary.
Program excursions in Rwanda and northern Uganda provide students with extensive exposure to the region. Students engage with critical issues in reconciliation and redevelopment firsthand and apply concepts introduced through coursework and field exercises.
Excursion sites in Rwanda typically include:
- Murambi Genocide Memorial - a technical school where 50,000 Tutsi were killed
- Gisozi Genocide Memorial and Information Center - informative memorial site with a mass grave outside, a peace garden for reflection, and a comprehensive exhibition on the Rwandan genocide and other genocides of the twentieth century
- TIG (Traveaux pour l'interet general) - a work camp where convicted genocide perpetrators complete community work
- A women's association near Butare where victims of the genocide whose husbands were killed work together with women whose husbands are in prison for committing genocide
- Nyamata and Ntarama Genocide Memorials - two churches in the vicinity of Kigali where mass killings took place
- Millennium Village - peace and reconciliation village. Students visit with cassava farmers and basket weavers and experience cultural dances and local food.
- Habyarimana's Residence - the residence where the plane carrying the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi was shot down. This event was the onset of the 1994 genocide.
During the program's two-week excursion to northern Uganda, students have lectures by Ugandan academics, visit a memorial site, witness the aftermath of conflict by visiting a former IDP (internally displaced persons) camp, and experience everyday life in this post-conflict region.
Sites typically include:
- Gulu Concerned Parents Association - an organization of parents whose daughters have been abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army and who provide emotional, psychological, and economic support to families affected by conflict
- Kitgum Straight Talk Foundation - an organization devoted to educating adolescents on growing up and staying safe, reproductive health issues, life skills, and sexuality. Students visit the people of the nearby camp for internally displaced people in Orom, talk to youth leaders, and community members, and practice interview skills.
- Baker's Fort - former place of the slave trade. The fort was captured by Sir Samuel Baker who established a garrison to fight slavery and the slave trade in the years 1872–1888.
- Nakivale Refugee Camp - a refugee camp housing Rwandese, Somali, Sudanese, and Congolese refugees in western Uganda.
- Murchison Falls National Park - Students are able to spot wildlife on an early morning game drive through this national park. A boat trip up the Nile reveals a beautiful view of a stunning waterfall.
Duration: 15 weeks
Program Base: Kigali
Language Study: Kinyarwanda
Prerequisites: Coursework in conflict theories recommended. Read more...
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