By Lilian Mutegi
Rwanda Youth and ICT minister, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, has urged the country's youth to promote peace by using available technologies.
Mr Nsengimana amde the remarks during the bi-monthly YouthConnekt Hangout session where the ministry enlightens the young people about their role in peace building.
YouthConnekt Hangout serves as a channel for Youth, ICT players or anyone interested in both sectors to contribute to the country's developmental agenda through debates.
Minister Nsengimana stated: "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."
"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," he added
Jeremy Gilleh, founder of Peace One Day, a British non-profit dedicated to raising awareness worldwide about the International Day of Peace, also took part in the HangOut.
Gilleh said that the International Day of Peace is to be celebrated on September 21.
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 3-year campaign, made possible through support from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, to help raise awareness of Peace Day throughout the Great Lakes region (GLR) by working with all parties and sectors of society.
Bosco Rutagengwa, a resident of Ngoma District in the Eastern Province, said: "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 and HeHe Ltd launched a series of Google+ Hangout sessions called YouthConnekt Hangout.