Catholic Bishops in Rwanda Dedicate New Pastoral Year to Education in Schools

Some members of the Episcopal Conference of Rwanda (C.Ep.R). Credit: C.Ep.R

Catholic Bishops in Rwanda have, in a collective statement at the end of their first Plenary Assembly this year, announced that the 2022/2023 pastoral year is to lay emphasis on education in institutions of learning.

In the statement dated Thursday, March 10, members of the Episcopal Conference of Rwanda (C.Ep.R) highlight the importance of domestic education in shaping the formation children receive in schools.

“We the Catholic Bishops in Rwanda have decided that the pastoral year 2022-2023 will be dedicated to Education in Schools,” C.Ep.R members say in the statement obtained by ACI Africa.

They add that “domestic education is supported by education in the wider community, reinforced by educators of all kinds until the child is mature enough to educate others.”

“Partnerships are important to ensure that the child does not fall between different levels of care,” Catholic Bishops in Rwanda say.


In the statement signed by C.Ep.R President, Bishop Philippe Rukamba, the Catholic Church leaders say the needed “education is based on domestic education and is supported by a comprehensive and coherent curriculum based on sound teaching of knowledge and God-like commitment to help children.”

They add, “The various activities that will characterize the next pastoral year are being carefully planned so that everyone is involved and the school helps children to become real people and teachers to be real parents proud of their vocation.”

Making reference to Pope Francis’ 2022 message for the World Day of Peace, the Bishops say the Holy Father expressed sadness that “the budget for education and instruction, which are seen as expenses rather than investments, has been significantly reduced worldwide, while military spending has increased.”

“Instruction and education are the primary vehicles for integral human development because they make the person more free and responsible and are indispensable for the defense and promotion of peace,” C.Ep.R members say in reference to the Pope’s World Day of Peace message.

They add, “Instruction and education are the foundations of a united, civilized society, capable of creating hope, wealth and progress.”

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“It is timely and urgent that all those with government responsibility develop economic policies that provide for a reversal of the ratio between public investment in education and funds intended for armaments,” Catholic Bishops in Rwanda say.

C.Ep.R members further say that “it is necessary to forge a new cultural paradigm through a global educational pact for and with the younger generations, which engages families, communities, schools and universities, institutions, religions, governments, the whole of humanity, in the formation of a mature person.”

“Investing in the instruction and education of the younger generations is the main road that leads them, through specific preparation, to profitably occupy a rightful place in the world of work,” they further say in their March 10 statement.

Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.