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CLS pupils attend Rwandan Genocide Memorial Event at City Hall

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Last Monday, two pupils from City of London School were invited to the commemoration event run by Ishami Foundation to remember the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, held in City Hall. Michael and Sam were honoured to have the chance to attend both the first half of the programme, a workshop and discussion with other schoolchildren, and the evening session, a more formal event which included an address from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, himself.

The afternoon event saw the stories of six survivors told. In a mixture of poetry and prose accounts, the speakers each highlighted some parts of their own unique, harrowing, experience. The opportunity to hear so many different stories one after another provided something new: The cumulative effect of the accounts created a really powerful overview, whilst the focus points intrinsic in the nature of individual stories helped them to comprehend the personal aspect of the genocide, perhaps easily missed if not understood through personal experiences and stories.

Returning in the evening, the boys attended a more formal event, with more testimonies, Rwandan music, and a minute’s silence. The event was well attended, not just by guests, but also by speakers, the High Commissioner of the Republic of Rwanda to the UK, Yamina Karitanyi and to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan included in those who gave messages about the importance of respect, remembering and learning.

Back in School, the Third Form took on a project to learn about the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda. They produced a piece of work as a reflection of their learning and as a commemoration of the 25th Anniversary. These pieces of work are currently being exhibited at CLS and at City Hall.

We were honoured to host the CEO of the Ishami Foundation – Eric Murangwa Eugene MBE – a genocide survivor who shared his story with us.

The event was to remember the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
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