Discussing on issues of construction and development of their community: a way to renew the dialogue between Rwandans
Jean Ntawizigira, you are one of the 2021 winners of the Institut Cerba's call for internal projects. How do you feel at being awarded one of the prizes?
I am delighted of course that the project put forward by my association has been selected by the Institut Cerba from among the many applications sent in. For me, this means that what we do is recognized, and, on top of that, by an organization of international stature.
Can you tell us about the cause your association is defending?
Tuvuge twiyubaka is the Rwandan name of our association. It means "Let's talk about developing ourselves".
After the war and the genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994, people no longer spoke to each other. The association was created in 2006 by 20 citizens in order to renew dialogue: we were convinced that all progress, especially social progress, takes place on the basis of dialogue. So the original idea was to find a way of bringing people together to talk about building and developing their own community.
Tuvuge twiyubaka aspires to a peaceful, sustainable and economically secure society in which human rights are respected. It promotes a culture of peace and non-violence, one that ensures everyone can develop their capabilities to the maximum. In all its activities, Tuvuge twiyubaka uses dialogue as a method of solving problems, especially social problems.