THEME: THEME: Leadership & Developmental Democracy As The New Spirit Of Pan-Africanism
The 2020 PELS-D Conference is borne out of the desire to implement the CHLAG Blueprint.
CHLAG (Climate Change, Health, Leadership, Agriculture, Gender Balance) concept is a deliberate sequence of actions targeted at achieving a rapid paced building of capacity of Students/Youths in the African Continent by delivering programs relevant to CHLAG in Africa
The story of Rwanda is positive, inspiring and changing, it is a story of her great people who have suffered a monumental loss of life, harmony and loss of time for growth, now reconciled and forged even greater bonds to become what is now known as the Singapore of Africa. It is an endless inspiration and a humbling lesson to the whole of Africa.
When it comes to overcoming tragedy, overseeing social fractures and outdoing expectations by forgiving on the very grounds of pain and sorrow, rewiring the unbreakable link of brotherhood and an unwavering sense of national unity and inclusion Rwanda is the paradigm.
Against all odds, Rwanda has swiftly opened a new path, one centered both on national common values and (on a wider span) Pan-African sustainable development policies.
Thus, the concept of giving her a dose of the PELS-D conference arose, and henceforth, various social, economic, entrepreneurial, technological, research, innovation and educational questions will be given adequate answers and solutions to effectively address challenges.
In today’s Rwanda, there are no ethnic groups and profiling, rather there is NDI UMUYARWANDA, wholesome Rwandan men, women and youths all striving to restore their motherland to the level of development it fully deserves. This is the spirit and example that we, initiators of the present Program, would like to foster and hopefully extend to all African countries. For Mother Africa too has suffered many tragedies such as slavery, colonization, and worst still VERY BAD LEADERSHIP.
Lands and resources have been divided, parceled out, shattered into parts and private pockets, not to mention its youth, here on the African soil and those in the diaspora who mostly left out of frustration, lack of opportunities, and where there were opportunities a lack of knowledge to contribute to nation building, worst still the youths are expected to dwell in its fallen posture only for others to make profit on its back, with impunity. Unless, we the Youths of Africa, unite, take responsibility and change direction under the guidance of those of our elders who understand what is at stake, we will fail Africa, and will leave no legacy of worth to our children, and to humanity.
On another hand, as much as we hold for true; that Africa has the resources and power to change the world and rewrite the future of humanity by successfully addressing the question of its own development, we also firmly believe that ANOTHER DEVELOPMENT IS POSSIBLE for Africa. If we can have the courage to look ourselves in the face and be truthful to ourselves, we would for certain find AFRICAN SOLUTIONS TO AFRICA’S PROBLEMS.
This means Africans need to conceive their own development agenda, determine their own development standards, and contextualize any given universal concept to the Africa social, economic, political and cultural environment. Africa must understand that our efforts to develop must be centered to accommodate African culture and values, lest we fail, yet again. Citizens of Africa must reacquire pride and confidence in the very plinth of their Identity. And in a holistic process such as this one, Youth appears to be major stakeholders as well as key actors. We must work to curb the planless planlessness that has stalled our growth, we should reduce the proliferation and camouflage breeding of religiousness, which surprisingly produces in astronomical figures ungodly and wicked leaders and unfortunately gullible followers. re-dedication to Africa is needed at this point.
The implication is that such an event should be hosted by an ideological compatriot, which we have found in Institut d’Enseignement Supérieur de Ruhengeri - INES Ruhengeri. The University was created as a Post-Genocide initiative in a region that had over 10years of insecurity. The area was home to a hopeless, destroyed, divided and desperate society, the surviving institutions were shaken, with tertiary institutions totally closed down.
The Intervention called INES came as a result of the 3 pillars of motivation.
- Building Signs of Hope.
- Contributing to unity and reconciliation.
- Making inputs to Rwanda’s sustainable development.
In the implementation of the INES idea; firstly, a dialogue with the community to know their needs and how to solve them, secondly, after the first 5years of operation of the University, a study was conducted to ascertain if graduates of the University fitted the needs of the society and if they were employable across Africa to meet the demands of the labour market, finally, the research findings led to a further streamlining of the curricula, courses and academic architecture to produce what is now known as the Institute of Applied Sciences.