President Paul Kagame has told the graduates of Agahozo Shalom Youth Village that the foundation they received is invaluable and a strong foundation for their future.
The president made the remarks while presiding over the Village’s maiden graduation in which over 500 youths graduated.
“You have a strong foundation on which to build your future, this is just the start of many opportunities to seize and explore,” said the Head of State.
Emphasizing the importance of the role of the youth in Rwanda, President Kagame said: “Rwanda counts on you to contribute to transforming this country…we will be with you all the way. We want you to leave this place with the faith and the confidence that with your invaluable contribution, we will shape the future of our people.”
“A lot of what we want in the future has been denied to many of you in the past, but that can only be a hard lesson we can build on to shape the future we want,” he concluded.
According to the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education, Sharon Haba the students are the future of the nation.
“You have been given all the tools…we look to you to set the pace for those behind you,” said Haba.
Congratulating them on their achievements, Founder of Agahozo Shalom, Anne Heyman told the students that they are leaders and trailblazers. “I have no doubt the future will be what you make it. Do not wait for the change, be the change you wish to see.”
“Go forth and make a difference for people around you and always stand up for what is right,” she added.
Founded in 2006, Agahozo Shalom is modeled after Yemin Order, the highly effective youth village model established to aid Holocaust orphans in Israel.
Located in Rwamagana, Agahozo Shalom Youth Vilalge began operating in 2008 and today seeks to provide orphans with a safe and secure living environment, health care, education in order to create socially responsible citizens in Rwanda and the world.