Our students of IFAK, EPAK and the young people of the Oratory gathered in the main hall of IFAK to celebrate the day of the African child, this Saturday, the 16th of June, from around 2:00 pm. Our students answered positively and creatively to the cultural idea by presenting, in their different cultures, Rwandan and Burundian cultural dances.

Some students presented poems, modern dances, acrobatics and modeling, which was very artistic in its Rwandan, Ugandan and Nigerian cultural insertion. All this beautiful presentation was the fruit of the will and the time some students took in the preparations.

Since 1991, the day of the African child has been celebrated on June 16th to commemorate the South African students of Soweto who were killed during the Soweto uprising of 1976 in South Africa and to recognize the courage of the same students who marched protesting against education injustice and inequality in the apartheid regime. It is therefore an event celebrated annually around the African continent and the world at large. This year’s theme is “Leave no Child behind for Africa’s development.” 

In his speech, Fr. Henri Bakishimira, the organizer, exhorted the young people who attended, to be proud of their African identity and to love their different cultures. He thanked each and every person who presented something; he also encouraged those who never presents anything to do something the next time an occasion presents itself. He then awarded a gift of a free pass to the school canteen to the outstanding students.  After the concluding prayer, each and every young person who attended was given a sweet. 

Jonathan Ayaku, sdb

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