Generation Unlimited’ Initiative Seeks To Disengage Rwanda Youth Latent

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Generation Unlimited’ Initiative Seeks To Disengage Rwanda Youth Latent

Coronavirus disease 2019 “Covid19” is an infectious disease caused by severe
acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), according to the world
health organization the disease, The disease was first identified in December 2019
in Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei province, and has since spread globally,
resulting in the ongoing 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic. The government of
Rwanda through its ministry of health have invested a lot in creating awareness on
symptoms of the virus and containing the spreading through different measures
including a total lockdown.
“The common symptoms of this Virus include fever, cough, fatigue, shortness of
breath, and loss of smell and taste” said Dr Daniel Ngamije, the minister of health
in Rwanda.
On 14 March 2020, the Ministry of Health in Rwanda reported the country’s first
case of COVID-19, an Indian citizen, male. According to the officials, the
transmission is believed to have occurred abroad as this patient arrived from
Mumbai, India on 08 March 2020, according again, the patient had no symptoms
upon arrival in Rwanda and reported himself to a health facility on 13 March,
where he was immediately tested.
On Saturday 14th March, president Paul Kagame advised Rwanda to remain calm
and focus on simple but effective measures that are key to keeping each other and
everyone safe. “As the world faces the COVID19 pandemic, our thoughts and
prayers are with the victims, families and their loved ones. We wish strength to the
health workers on the frontlines and quick recovery to all patients,” Kagame said,
he also added on that “As always, we will overcome these difficult times through
solidarity and working together. This will require the discipline Rwandans have
always shown in confronting challenges and getting good results.”
On Monday 4 May 2020, people are resumed work in Rwanda after a month and
13 days of total lockdown. According to the minister of health, health guidelines
were to be taken serious by the citizens
“The virus is primarily spread between people during close contact, often via small
droplets produced by coughing,sneezing, or talking. The droplets usually fall to the
ground or onto surfaces rather than remaining in the air over long distances. People
may also become infected by touching a contaminated surface and then touching
their face,” Said Dr Ngamije, he also added that people should maintain social
distancing, wearing of masks, washing hands and avoid touching their faces.

On 03 September, the government of Rwanda and UNICEF launched the
“Generation Unlimited” initiative on an event that was attended by the minister of
youth Rosemary Mbabaza, the UN resident coordinator in Rwanda Fode Ndiaye
and the regional director for eastern and southern Africa Mohamed Fall.
This initiative aim is to ensure that all young people between the ages of 10 and 24
are in school, training of employed by 2030.
“Rwandan young people under 25 makes up 60 per cent of the population which
make “Generation Unlimited” initiative more important” said Rosemary Mbabazi
the minister of youth.
According to Fodé Ndiaye, the UN Resident Coordinator in Rwanda “As the UN
in Rwanda, we reiterate our commitment of working with and for young people as
leaders, partners, and co-creators in designing and successfully delivering
programmes that benefit them. Youth voices should continue to be heard loud and
clear in the processes and platforms that inform decisions; they are our present, our
future, and at the centre of development. Generation Unlimited will enhance the
strong partnership with the Government and national stakeholders to empower
young people with skills and opportunities to unleash their full potential, innovate,
create jobs and wealth, and to build a better Rwanda for all. Young people, it is
you more than us who will transform our planet and our country”

According to Julianna Lindsey, the UNICEF Representative in Rwanda Meeting
the needs of Rwanda’s youth will be a big challenge, but presents an even bigger
opportunity. She also added that they believe that young people hold their shared
future in their hands, and that if they are prepared for the transition to work, the
potential for progress is unlimited.

“The Government of Rwanda is fully invested in the Generation Unlimited mission
to ensure every young person has access to the opportunities they need to lead
productive lives. Generation Unlimited gives us a platform to convene all partners
who share this commitment to develop better and scalable solutions for the
development of young people. We want our young people to be the unlimited
generation, to be empowered to play their role in Rwanda’s transformation.

Generation Unlimited Rwanda’s initial programmes will include strenghtening
young people’s civic participation, increasing entrepreneurship capacity of
secondary school learners, and making counselling services accessible to those
who need them,”said Rosemary Mbabazi, Minister of Youth and Culture.
Rwanda’s virtual generation unlimited launch followed a Steering Committee
meeting chaired by the Minister of Youth and Culture, including more than 20
partners from the Rwandan government, UN and civil society. During the meeting,
UNICEF presented the Generation unlimited landscape analysis, which identifies
specific challenges, gaps and opportunities for Rwanda’s youth, and partners
agreed on next steps, including co-creation of a GenU action plan.