The two-day workshop for district coordinators of Rwanda Youth Volunteers in Community Policing (RYVCP) ended on Sunday at the Rwanda National Police (RNP) General Headquarters in Kacyiru, with fresh commitment to engage in preventive measures against narcotic drugs and Gender-Based Violence.
The youth volunteers also resolved to enhance awareness against human trafficking, teen pregnancies, domestic conflicts and engage in activities against malnutrition while educating communities on proper feeding of children.
During the two- day workshop, the youth were enlightened on various pertinent issues such as human trafficking, GBV, drugs, child abuse and legal instruments including the new penal code.
The Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, Soline Nyirahabimana, while speaking at the closing of the workshop commended the youth for the spirit of volunteerism and urged them to create impact in their communities.
Present was also the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) in charge of Administration and Personnel, Juvenal Marizamunda.
“Your commendable human security activities are in line with the national human capital policy, and we believe such energy and spirit of patriotism can also address serious issues of teen pregnancies, poor feeding, illicit drugs among others," Minister Nyirahabimana said.
She urged them to mobilize and sensitize their fellow youth in communities to desist from unlawful acts of abusing drugs and sexual malpractice, which lead to unwanted pregnancies and contracting STDs especially HIV/AIDS.
“The government target is to be a middle-income country by 2035 and a developed country by 2050. This target cannot be realized when children are being abused, when parents don't know about healthy feeding and the young people are being destroyed by drugs," the Minister said.
Abdallah Murenzi, the national Coordinator for RYVCP, said members acquired vast knowledge on national security and development programmes and what is required of them to reinforce efforts to address issues at hand.
"Basically our major task is to influence positive change. We will therefore realign our activities to mobilize the public against criminal activities, educate them on proper feeding and their role in community policing. We need all hands to be together in security and development matters of their communities," Murenzi said.