Kigali — Jean Philbert Nsengimana, the Rwanda Minister for Youth and ICT has advised young people to promote peace by using available technologies.
He was speaking during the bi-monthly YouthConnekt Hangout session on the role of youth in peace building.
"There is a very nice meeting between Youth, ICT and Peace because with new technologies like the one we are using right now, we can really promote peace and take peace where peace is not at least we can carry a message of peace," he said.
YouthConnekt Hangout platform serves as a channel for Youth, ICT players or anyone interested in both sectors to contribute to the country's developmental agenda through debates.
Nsengimana said, "Peace building effort has to be a holistic effort; it doesn't just touch on elements of violence it also connected with access to basic necessities like food, shelter, security, education; it's all interconnected and that's why any effort that's contributes to uplifting the standard of living of people actually indirectly contributes to peace building."
In attendance was Jeremy Gilleh, the Founder of Peace One Day, a British non-profit organisation dedicated to raising worldwide awareness of the International Day of Peace celebrated on September 21st.
Gilleh said, "We need young people to believe particularly that peace is possible and the only way is showing them the vision of peace is coming together with them."
Peace One Day has recently launched a comprehensive three-year campaign, made possible by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, to help raise awareness of Peace Day throughout the Great Lakes region (GLR), working with all parties and sectors of society for a significant moment of peace on Peace Day.
Bosco Rutagengwa living in Ngoma District in the Eastern Province said that "As young people we have to contribute in peace building in our country through various activities among youth by sharing our personal experience and helping genocide survivors in our respective villages."
Among the other panelists joining the YouthConnekt Hangout on the role of youth in peace building were Dr. Jean Baptiste Habyarimana, the Executive Secretary of the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission, Auke Lootsma, UNDP Country Director and Takahiro Moriya, Chief Representative of JICA Rwanda
The Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT) in partnership with UNDP, ADMA, TIGO, HeHe Limited launched a series of Google+ Hangout sessions called YouthConnekt Hangout.