African Child’s Day Celebration at DON BOSCO MUHAZI TVET School (PHOTOS)
On Friday, June 18, 2021, at the Don Bosco Muhazi TVET School, located in Gasabo District in Gikomero Sector, a celebration was held to honour the African Child Day. This day is usually celebrated on June 16 every year.
The ceremony was preceded by a Mass offering led by Father Raymond Bavumiragiye, Vicar of the Salesian Africa Great Lakes Vice-Province (AGL) and also the Director of Don Bosco Muhazi community.
The event was attended by students of Don Bosco Muhazi TVET School, the Sisters Inshuti z’Abakene who always work for the benefits of students at Don Bosco Muhazi TVET School, the staff of Don Bosco Muhazi, the Provincial delegates, the staff of the Planning and Development Office and the local leaders from Gasagara Cell in Gikomero sector.
It is an event that was held in compliance with the COVID 19 prevention guidelines where it was not possible to invite the large number of children and youth as was the case in previous years.
The 2021 Day of the African Child in Rwanda is celebrated under the theme “Isibo, as a pivot to child development”.
During the Mass, Father Raymond said that humanity should work and strive to uplift each other.
“In Today’s Gospel we ask the Lord to give us an eye that sees the plight of our neighbors, in families, parents should have an eye that sees the plight of their children,” he said.
He added that “Kindness does not require a person to have wealth or belongings outside and inside the house …”
Father Bavumiragiye highlighted that many children around Africa and the world today are more likely to be affected by illness, diseases, child labor, being used in the war, etc.
“Everyone should stand up against such wrong doings that deprive children from enjoying their full rights.” He noted.
After the Eucharistic Mass, a celebration was held and it featured speeches and poems composed by Don Bosco Muhazi students and children who regularly participate in the Oratory at the center.
During the event, also young people were presented with their certificates after completing a one year Kinyarwanda reading and writing program which is in place to give basic knowledge to young people who have not been able to attend basic class but are willing to learn a profession at Don Bosco Muhazi TVET School.
Soeur Leocadie Nyiranzira, Headmistress of Don Bosco Muhazi TVET School explained that the recipients of Literacy Certificates are young people who have come to learn a profession but are illiterate and thus are given basic skills in reading and writing in Kinyarwanda.
Soeur Nyiranzira said: “Sometimes children come to learn vocational skills and find that they do not know how to read, count and write in Kinyarwanda. We teach them first and then they acquire basic skills to start learning a profession here.”
In her remarks, the Executive Secretary of Gasagara Cell Nyirakimonyo Athanasie called on students trained at Don Bosco Muhazi TVET School to refrain from behaviors that could violate their rights, especially in the case of unplanned pregnancies among the underage children.
“With the current situation around the country, there are sporadic pregnancies among the children between the ages of 16 and 17,” she said.
“So at that point the child’s life is ruined. When a child is aborted, his or her health is deteriorating and his or her life is deteriorating and they drop out of school or sometimes find themselves in a bad relationship with their parents due to the bad behaviors. ”
“Most of these premature pregnancies are caused sometimes by children the same age or by other adult men, and that leads to poorer living conditions. “ Ms. Nyirakimonyo said
“The message I want to convey to children and parents in general, especially to children, is that the child should listen to the parents, because these parents give the children different advice and the child when heeding the parents’ advice is mostly healthy”.
“What I would also say to parents is to protect their young children from hard labor, to take care of these children and give them good parental advice, because they are also good for the child which makes him/her healthy. Also every pregnant mother should take care of her health, because the way a mother behaves affects the child in the womb and once such care is taken we will have the best child of the country we want. ”