The future of our country is in your hands – President Kagame tells youth at annual convention

Kigali, 12 December 2018 - President Kagame on Wednesday reminded the youth that the country’s future lies in their hands, urging them to contribute in building a country with right values and character. 

“The future of our country is in your hands. We want to ensure that you have the tools to build this future. This means your education, the schools you attend, everything we provide is aimed at giving you the skills you need to lead this country” President Kagame told over 2500 Rwandan youth from across the country and other 15 countries gathered at the annual YouthConnekt Convention at Intare Conference Arena.

President Kagame emphasized that a good education begins within families, reminding the youth that their values and character should reflect what the country stands for.

“The character and the identity of the country depends on each of you. Your education and values you represent are not just a reflection of you, it is a reflection of what the country stands for.  We want to build a country with the right values and character” President Kagame added.

President Kagame further defined unity, working together, building a country defined by the right values, character and identity as what defines the Rwanda of today.

“We have to think big. Our goals and ambitions must be beyond our geographical size. Entrepreneurship, security, development, moving our country forward must all be based on thinking big. We may start small but that should only be the beginning. Having ambition and thinking big proves that nothing is unattainable, but it requires us to work hard for it" President Kagame said.  

YouthConnekt convention is an annual event that gathers youth from all districts of Rwanda and abroad, not only to discuss their development but also to showcase their achievements and set goals. During this YouthConnekt Convention, top five young entrepreneurs with best innovative projects that were selected in YouthConnekt awards competitions across the country will be awarded to make their projects expanded. 

The youth will also participate in the 16th National Umushyikirano Council starting on Thursday.

Since its inauguration, more than 18,000 attended YouthConnekt Convention, more than 500 young entrepreneurs attended YouthConnekt BootCamp, and 180 among have been awarded with cash prizes to boost their businesses.

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