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At least 500 youths start Itorero

At least 500 youths were expected to arrive at the Rwanda Defence Force Combat Training Centre in Gabiro for the annual Itorero by press time yesterday.

The 10th edition of the civic education exercise, locally known as Itorero, will be a special intake of Indangamirwa, as it targets all those that went through the training since 2008, for a refresher course.

At least 2,000 youths have passed through Indangamirwa series since its inception 10 years ago, and this refresher edition will last a month.

According to some trainers, the course will have an “improved” curricula, tailored at helping the youth to have a common understanding of Rwandan history, identity and values—considered essential tools—that would help them forge a better life and a better nation for the generations to come.

Participants are also expected to learn some military basics as part of training package.

According to the National Itorero Commission, they felt it was important to bring those who went through the training, some of whom have since returned home, for a refresher.

This, organisers say, will help the youths to align themselves to the country’s vision of a united nation, grounded on principles of patriotism yet free from any forms of discrimination.

At the closure of the ninth edition in August 2016, President Paul Kagame said it was high time organisers recalled those that attended the previous series for a refresher course.

In a recent interview with The New Times, Boniface Rucagu, the chairperson of the commission, said the 10th edition was in response to the President’s call to give extended time to the participants to have an advanced training package. Previously, the session took two weeks

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