UNIK ORGANIZES THE PRE-CONFERENCE ABOUT NAYIGIZIKI: PRELIMINARIES OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ABOUT NAYIGIZIKI AND NDI UMUNYARWANDA PROGRAMME
The pre-conference took place on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at the University of Kibungo (UNIK), Rulindo Campus.
The pre-conference was intended first to gather the literature,
philosophy, and education specialists in order to immortalize the
Rwandan writer named Nayigiziki Saverio as his work conveys a very
significant message to Rwandans whose concern is unity and
reconciliation. Second, it aimed at teaching and letting the young
generation know the personality, the status, and most importantly the
qualities of the francophone literature writer of novels in Rwanda.
Last, the pre-conference was a golden opportunity to prepare the
international conference about Nayigizikiâ€™s literary work and Ndi
Umunyarwanda Programme scheduled for December 2018.
It was jointly organized by the University of Kibungo through the
Faculty of Education, Department of Arts and Humanities. The following
people were part of the scientific committee:
- Dr. Nsengiyumva Emmanuel (President of the organizing committee, lecturer and researcher, UNIK)
- Dr. Ahimana Emmanuel (Lecturer and researcher, University of Rwanda, Rukara College)
- Prof. Kayishema Jean Marie Vianney (Lecturer and researcher, University of Rwanda, Rukara College)
- Prof. Ntakirutimana Evariste (Lecturer and researcher, University of Rwanda, Huye Campus)
Prof. Nkusi Laurent (Senator, Rwanda)
- Prof. Semujanga Josias (Lecturer and researcher, UniversitÃ© de MontrÃ©al, Canada)
- Prof. Twagilimana Aimable (Lecturer and researcher, Buffalo State University, USA)
The pre-conference activities were sponsored by Rwanda National
Commission of UNESCO. Among presenters, we can mention Dr. Nsengiyumva
Emmanuel who talked about Nayigiziki through the African francophone
literature in 50s; Dr. Ahimana Emmanuel who talked about the apology for
the cohesion of the African Great Lakes people through Mes trances Ã
trente ans: didactic approach; Dr. Nzeyimana Isaie who presented
Nayigiziki and Occidental Philosophy: Importance of the writing; and
Madam Mukankunzi PÃ©lagie whose article was about education values and
Ndi Umunyarwanda Programme.
Apart from the organizing committee and presenters, there were also the
literature specialists like Prof. Nkejabahizi Jean Chrisostome.
Witnesses and Nayigizikiâ€™s former students who attended the
pre-conference included Hon. Kalimba Evode and Hon. Ngarambe Laurent.
The Rwanda National Police was represented by the District Community
Liaison Officer, Chief Inspector Mbonimana FidÃ¨le. Rulindo Catholic
parish was represented by Father Damien Kimenyi; while Mr. Kajuga Jerome
was present on behalf of the National Commission of UNESCO in Rwanda.
At the end of the pre-conference, the following recommendations were formulated:
- Nayigizikiâ€™s work is very rich and contains Rwandan positive
values. In order to spread widely these values to a big number of
people, especially the Rwandan youth, it was recommended that the work
be translated into Kinyarwanda and English;
- Also, Nayigizikiâ€™s work embodies different fields of study and
research: sociology, ethics, ethnology, history, philosophy, etc. and
it is likely to serve as a teaching reference to secondary and
university students in particular, and the world at large. This is the
reason why a strong call was given to researchers (those who were in the
conference room and others) to submit their abstracts for the very
international conference in December 2018;
- The conference of this kind is rare in the country. It was
recommended to organize such scientific days frequently and regularly.
The pre-conference was officially opened and closed by the UNIKâ€™s
Deputy Vice-chancellor for Academic Affairs, Prof. Yves-Valentin Kaneza.
He thanked organizers, presenters, and participants. He invited them to
all attend the international conference in December 2018 to learn and
share more about Nayigiziki and his work