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Rwanda collaboration

In the aftermath of the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the National University of Rwanda, in Butare, established its first journalism program. The role played by hate media during the genocide demonstrated how the power of the media could be used to destroy. Faculty members in the university’s School of Journalism and Communication seek to train future journalists to use the media to “inform, entertain and educate Rwandans.” The school program includes courses taught in Kinyarwanda, English and French. Regular workshops and training periods are organized in the School's radio studio. The New Butarean, a student newspaper, was launched in February 2001. And a computer lab established in June, 2001 now allows for internet access. The first two years of training consist of general courses. Then students are required to choose between two tracks of specialization: Communication and Development or Journalism, which focuses on professional skills.

In an effort to broaden the scope of Carleton’s March 13 symposium The Media and the Rwanda Genocide, organizers have arranged for students and faculty at the journalism school in Rwanda to watch the symposium live and to submit questions to the panelists back in Ottawa. We have also invited a number of faculty members from the School of Journalism and Communication at the National University of Butare to attend the symposium at Carleton. In addition to providing the faculty members with the opportunity to contribute to the symposium, we also hope their visit here will lead to an ongoing association between Carleton’s School of Journalism and Communication and its counterpart in Rwanda.

School of Journalism and Communication

University of Rwanda, Butare



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