Move with Africa: let’s be citizens of the world!

Caritas International Belgium Move with Africa: let’s be citizens of the world!

This year, on the 23rd of February, 15 students from the school Institut des Sœurs de Notre-Dame situated in Anderlecht, a district of Brussels, will catch a plane to Rwanda as part of the project Move with Africa. Initiated by the newspaper La Libre Belgique, this project was launched in order to allow high school students to travel to another country with an NGO in order to discover the culture, as well as take part in ongoing cooperation projects put in place by our partners.

For several months, these 15 students have taken courses organized by the educational team of Caritas International in order to become aware of issues such as development cooperation, global inequalities, multiculturalism and food safety.

Three teachers from their school and two members of Caritas International will escort the students during the trip where they will participate in food safety projects already put in place by Caritas Rwanda. They will see with their own eyes the work of agricultural cooperatives, beekeeping cooperatives and storage facilities, as well as have the experience of helping Rwandan families with their work in the fields. Moreover, they will meet Caritas Rwanda’s team to have a better understanding of their existing projects in Rwanda, e.g. those for street children. On the agenda there is also a meeting with young Rwandans so that they each can exchange ideas and experiences.

Of course, the students will have the chance to sight-see and discover the wonderful tourist attractions in Rwanda. A tour of historical, cultural and natural sites is planned: museums, churches, genocide memorial sites, the Royal Palace of Nyanza, the arboretum of Ruhande, the Lake Kivu, and the primary forest of Nyungwe.

Note that Move with Africa is not only a trip. Back in Belgium, the students will be given the task of sharing their experience in Rwanda and explaining what they have learned. This project is an important step in their individual and collective commitment to society as a whole and to the building of a fairer world, a world where solidarity and responsibility are widespread.