“Youth driving the SDG’s by #2030#”
University of Kigali, Thursday October 12, 2017 hosted as main site the social good summit at its main campus in Kacyiru, Kigali.
The summit that was designed as a teleconference was connecting University of Kigali as the main site with University of Rwanda, Huye Campus and Kigali Independent University, Gisenyi Campus as remote sites.
The purpose of the summit was to reflect on the SDGs, promote deeper public awareness and commitment, and encourage discussions on how the SDGs can be realized in Rwanda and engaging young people in discussing the SDG agenda.
In his welcoming remarks, Professor NSHUTI Manasseh, the chairman board of promoters of University of Kigali urged the youth to take a leading role in the implementation of SDGs as they are the future leaders of society that they need to transform for social and economic development.
“It is about your lives, about the lives of your children and may be your grand children,’’ said Prof. Nshuti, a former Minister of Finance and Economic Planning and a senior Academician.
Minister Rosemary MBABAZI speaking at the opening ceremony of the Social Good Summit at UoK main campus, Kacyiru. Looking on: Prof. Nshuti Manasseh, Mr. Fodé NDIAYE, Young Entreprenuers and other officials from the University and UNDP Rwanda.
The Minister of Youth, Rosemary MBABAZI, who was the chief guest and one of the key note speakers, urged the youth to view themselves as solution providers rather than always complaining of the social and economic problems existing in their societies.
She pointed out that SDGs should not only be documented, but should be implemented and help transform the youth with innovative ideas that can offer solutions to various challenges facing society.
‘’ The knowledge you get from the university should enable you to offer solutions to society problems.’’
University of Kigali students during the summit at their main campus, Kacyiru, Kigali.
The Minister appealed to universities to fight plagiarism while maintaining quality standards. ‘’ If you want a nation to collapse, let universities accept cheating or poor quality work. What happens in colleges and schools will be reflected in what we will see outside of school when different professionals will cheat in whatever they do leading to government failure to achieve its targets and programmes.
The Rwandan Cabinet Minister discouraged the youth from destructive habits like drugs, human trafficking theft and all other forms of misbehavior.
Mr. Fodé NDIAYE, UN Resident Coordinator in Rwanda with a Micro Phone was one of the key note speakers during the summit.
At the same summit, the UN Resident Coordinator in Rwanda, Mr. Fodé NDIAYE thanked University of Kigali for hosting this summit. He revealed that the United Nations through SDGs had an ambitious programme to support the youth achieve various goals aimed at developing society.
Other speakers at the summit included; Mr. AFRIKA Philibert, University of Kigali Executive Chairman who spoke about the role of education and more particularly University of Kigali that has invested heavily in educating the Rwandan youth and equipping them with knowledge to transform society. Other speakers included two young upcoming entrepreneurs in Rwanda who have become models in transforming the Rwandan society; Ms Yvette ISHIMWE and Mr. Patrick BUCYANA.
UoK Executive Chairman, Mr. AFRIKA Philibert speaking during the Social Good Summit.
Held annually during the UN General Assembly week, the social good summit unites a lively community of global citizens and progressive thought leaders around a common theme. This year, the summit focused on how to unlock technology’s potential to make the world a better place.
The summit was graced by Kigali Commedy Knights with messages about youth empowerement.