Members of the Rwanda Youth Volunteers in Community Policing (RYVCP) in Bugesera District, on Wednesday reached out to students of Maranyundo Girls School and urged them to stay focused and actively be part of the development and community policing activities in their communities.
While addressing about 300 students, the vice-coordinator of the youth organization in Bugesera, Antoine Mutware, who headed a team of the youth volunteers, enlightened the students on the goals and objectives of the youth group in pursuing the country’s security and development agenda.
“The Rwandan values like Nd’umunyarwanda remind us that youth should be at the centre of the country’s transformation process, and that youth volunteers in community policing strive to ensure that every young person becomes part of it,” Mutware told the students.
“It is part of our organization’s core duties to reach out to the youth, particularly students, to sensitize and mobilize them to actively partner in all government development programmes,” he added.
He told them that the first step to contributing to the nation’s progress is to stay out of trouble, stay safe and stand up for their rights, and urged them not to use illicit drugs or alcohol.
“As you are going for school holidays, it is important to make good use of this period, help your parents, be part of the community security and development and report to the police any unlawful acts,” Mutware said.
Members of youth volunteers have undertaken different human security and development activities as well as raising awareness against crime.
Last week, the youth organization which has about 200,000 members, launched countrywide development programmes to supplement human security activities including constructing and rehabilitating houses and toilets for poor families and environmental protection activities.
During the launch, the youth planted about 40,000 trees as part of the implementation of the agreement between Rwanda National Police (RNP) and the Ministry of Lands and Forestry on afforestation programme.