In a series of talk shows on promotion of unity and reconciliation among Rwandans that have been organized by the management of the university under the recommendation of the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission, students learned a lot and committed themselves to be united.
These talk shows which took a period of one month, students have debated on different topics revolving around unity and reconciliation such as genocide, genocide ideology, denial and prevention, unity and reconciliation in Rwanda, conflict prevention and conflict management.
One day before the closing of these debates, students were tipped on conflict prevention and conflict management.
During the debate, it has been shown that conflicts may depend on different things such as ethnic groups differences, language differences, ignorance…
While analyzing conflicts, people should consider people involved in conflicts, attitudes towards conflicts and incompatibility between people involved in conflicts.
“Conflicting is inevitable among people because of their nature but the essential is how they go through it,” said Dr. Sentama Ezechiel, the moderator of the debate and the chairperson of the board of directors at UNILAK.
He explained conflicts by the fact of having different perceptions on a certain thing. And this difference in perception is very normal and the way in which these differences are handled may result in a good or bad things.
“When conflicts are mismanaged they result into chaos,” added Dr. Sentama.
He closed his remarks by urging students to bring change in conflicts management by changing themselves first.
Students appreciated this joint initiative of debate on unity and reconciliation by UNILAK and the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission, as it offered them an opportunity to learn a lot on unity and reconciliation.