Kigali, 10 April 2008 (FH) - The Rwandan law reprimanding genocide ideology will be taught in the schools, according to the ministry of education.

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" The law will be taught in all the schools, as well as other subjects", reported Thursday pro-government newspaper Izuba Rirashe (Rising Sun), quoting the new Minister for Education, Daphrose Gahakwa.

In January, dozens of teachers who were accused of conveying genocide ideology were fired.

The minister called on all pupils and students currently on school holidays to be on the side of the survivors during this week when the country commemorates the 14th genocide anniversary, which resulted, according to UN estimates about 800,000 deaths of ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus. The Rwandan government has put the figure of the dead at around one million.

In addition, all primary and secondary school teachers are currently in "solidarity camps" where the fight against the ideology is in the program.

On Monday, there were various ceremonies commemorating the genocide. There will also be during the whole week across the country conferences on the 1994 genocide, its genesis and its consequences, organized by the authorities or civil society and poignant testimonies on the genocide will be heard.

The radio stations are broadcasting solemn music as well as poems revealing of the suffering of the victims.

The activities of the semi-traditional Gacaca courts, charged with trying the alleged authors of the genocide, have been suspended during the week of national mourning. The week started on Monday .

In a speech delivered in Nyamata, Bugesera district, Eastern Province, one of the areas which were affected by the 1994 massacres, President Paul Kagame took the opportunity to attack French Judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere and Spanish Judge Fernando Andreu Merelles, who issued seperate arrest warrants against officers of the current Rwandan army.

The week of national mourning will end on Sunday with a ceremony in Kigali, in memory of politicians killed during the genocide.


© Hirondelle News Agency