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.
of Journalism and Communication
of Rwanda, Butare