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Churches Urged On Prioritising Education
Grace Mugabe
RWANDA 060605-1
June 5, 2006

[L'Eglise Episcopal au Rwanda - Rwanda] Churches have been urged to prioritise education as one of the sustainable measures to attain national development through human capacity development of the youth in the country.

The call was made by the head of Nyamagabe District Anglican Church, Bishop Augustine Mvunabandi, last week during a one-day youth education workshop held at St. Etienne reconciliation hall in Biryogo.

"For any country to achieve economic growth, it must ensure that its human resource capacity is well developed. This cannot be done only by the government as it is a long term venture that requires a strong partnership of all stakeholders that include the church. It's important that the church should be at the forefront for encouraging its followers to acquire educational skills that will help the participants in the national development," the Bishop urged, hinting on poverty and ignorance as the main issues that have retarded the church to attain a holistic development.

He added: "The church is ignorant on economic opportunities and that's why we are still in a pool of poverty. It is only education that will equip you with knowledge to know the available opportunities and participate in various economic activities to reduce poverty among yourselves."

Mvunabandi pointed out unemployment as one of the factors that have crippled today's youth and vowed to assist youths to initiate self-help income generating projects that will enable them get jobs.

He further called on Rwandans to adopt family planning that they can afford.

He told the youths, "as a church, we shall appeal to people to practice family planning. Few children in a given family live a better life than a big family. Few family members cannot become an economic problem. Produce few in order to fight poverty."