By Daniel Sabiiti
More Rwandan children will have a chance to rock with music instruments after President Paul Kagame agreed to support the initiatives of OmniPeace initiative in the country.
This year, OmniPeace initiative opened a new music school- ‘Rwanda Rocks’ in Kigali but the initiative has allegedly been limited to offering a few music lessons and equipment to a minimal number of children.
Mary Fanaro, founder of OmniPeace initiative told President Paul Kagame at Rwanda day 2016 that this has blocked efforts for the initiative to explore other areas besides co-partnering with Kwetu film institute in production.
“We have lots of ideas but I every time I try to bring them I am asked to do this and not that…basically limited to giving music lessons and equipment” Fanaro said.
Responding to these concerns, Kagame said that Rwanda is willing to support such an initiative with collaboration.
“First of all let’s keep rocking. Let’s expand it and together we can build as many schools ad possible. I don’t think it should be an issue of doing this or that. All you need is good things with results and working together these problems can be resolved” Kagame said.
In 2015 Fanaro travelled to Rwanda for the first time as a tourist, she realized that there was a need to come up with something that would supplement the remarkable efforts by Rwandans after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
With help of her local tour driver, who was a teacher, Fanaro developed the idea of starting a helping Rwandan child learn music to express themselves.
Fanaro believes education is ultimately the essential component to transform lives and break the poverty cycle in Africa.