''HOLIDAYS IN THE MUSEUM'' PROGRAM CLOSING CEREMONY
It was indeed worthwhile for Rwanda Museums to host 'Holidays in Museums', a program that culturally benefited about 186 children between the age of 10 to 15 years. This program that commenced on the 8th/12/2014 and ended on 17th/12/2014 left Rwanda Museums with a huge honor for the great impact bestowed on these children.
At the program's closing ceremony, one would surely witness the value of having children taught their culture. Every child that attended the program was able to present excitedly the cultural skills attained during the period, these include cultural dances, milk churning, cows' poems and poetry/praises, weaving, cooking cultural sports that included wrestling, high jump and many more. Children were left yearning for more time because to them it was so interesting that they felt like spending the rest of their vacation enjoying only that.
The program was initiated to implement one of Rwanda Museums' goals of exposing, educating as well protecting Rwandan Cultural and Natural richness and no doubt this was achieved. Children expressed their excitement as they presented what they had achieved to the Guests that included Hon' Minister of Sports and Culture Hon' Amb' Joseph Habineza and other officials.
The program did not only benefit the children but also their trainers who were awarded certificates, as well as parents, just as one of the parents' representatives asserted that there is no greater way children could have spent their holidays than attaining such precious knowledge at no cost. The parent added that for children to cherish their culture, it needs to be imparted on them. He said that it was unfortunate that most parents don't get enough time to do that, but was he so grateful that Rwanda Museums could find time to initiate that. He therefore applauded Rwanda Museums for the great responsibility taken.
Hon' Amb' Joseph Habineza in his closing remarks applauded the Museums Director General Mr. Alphonse B. Umullisa and staff for the initiative and efforts. He couldn't forget to express his amazement to the children for the great performance as well as encouraging them to maintain the culture by taking their skills to another level beyond just performance. He said that with the current trend, ''talent is business'' as well as a source of development. Hon' Amb' Joseph Habineza also pledged support to Rwanda Museums in taking this program to both regional and international level.
Hon' Minister added that Miss Rwanda who was present should have a traditional crown which Rwanda Museums should make.