The department of Social Work at former National University of Rwanda (NUR) in partnership with Canadian universities namely York University, St Thomas University and University of Manitoba organized a workshop under the theme: â€śSynthesizing indigenous and international social work theory and Practice in Rwandaâ€ť. This workshop held on Tuesday, the 15th of October 2013 brought together Social students and lecturers as well as social work practitioners in different local organizations.
Mr. Charles Kalinganire, a member of the project between University of Rwanda (UR) Huye Campus (former NUR ) and Canadian partner universities said that there is a need for social work practitioners to collaborate and make efforts to see social work education and practice strengthened. In this perspective, Mr. Kalinganire noted that the former NUR in collaboration with the Canadian partner universities recently put in place the Centre for Social Work Education and Practice.
Professor Susan Mc Grath from York Univeristy, one of the Canadian partner universities with the former NUR in the development of Social work field stressed that Social work professionals need to work hard so that Social work Education and Practice advance in Rwanda and in the region of East Africa. According to Professor Regine King from University of Manitoba, another Canadian partner university, there are a lot of community needs to be addressed by people equipped with social work skills in Rwanda, a country that is living in the post-genocide period.
The Director of Academics at UR Huye Campus, Prof. Herman Musahara commended the collaboration between UR Huye Campus and Canadian partner universities since he believes the development of social work can contribute considerably to the development of Rwanda. â€śSocial work is a very important profession in society. Itâ€™s very encouraging to realize that there are people committed to developing this profession. The expansion of this profession can contribute a lot to our societyâ€ť, argued Prof. Musahara.
During this one day workshop , participants shared experience on social work practice in different agencies such as Teaching University Hospital based in Butare known as CHUB, the Centre Intiganda that seeks to help children come out of life of street children, the Centre called Igiti cyâ€™ubugingo that provides Counseling service and Association Modeste et Innocent, an non government organization that is working on reconciliation between the side of the survivors of the Genocide against Tutsi and the side of the genocide perpetrators.
A section of some participants in the workshop.
Another section of the participants in the workshop.
Prof. Regine King(University of Manitoba).
Prof. Susan MCGrath (York University).
Dr. Straton Rusanganwa (Deputy Dean of the faculty of Arts, Media and Social Sciences at UR Huye Campus).
Prof. Herman Musahara ( Director of Academics at UR Huye campus)
By Jean Baptiste MICOMYIZA