On Thursday, May 18 which was International Museum Day, Rwanda’s Minister of National Unity and Civic Engagement, Jean-Damascene Bizimana, inaugurated the Museum of Environment in Karongi.
The Museum of the Environment, the first of its kind on the continent, is situated near Lake Kivu in the Western Province.
It has two floors dedicated to environmentally-focused topics concerning nature, wildlife, renewable and non-renewable energy sources, and waste management, among other things. Additionally, it features a rooftop garden that focuses on traditional herbal medicine.
The inauguration event was organised by Rwanda Cultural Heritage Academy, RCHA, and held under the theme “The Role of Museums in Sustainable Development.”
In his remarks, the minister emphasised the need to broaden people’s understanding of culture and heritage. He stated that it went beyond dances and music and touched upon important topics such as how people engage with the environment in their daily lives.
“Preserving our cultural heritage not only honors our forefathers, but also ensures a better future for our children. Cultural heritage gives people a sense of identity and serves as a source of inspiration and creativity. Therefore, it is essential that we protect it and pass it on to future generations, which can be done through museums,” he noted.
Following the inauguration, they joined locals from Bwishyura Sector in Karongi District in Umuganda, clearing debris, repairing, and cleaning up roads that had been ravaged by recent disasters: landslides and floods that mostly hit the northern and western provinces of Rwanda on May 2-3, resulting in the death of over 350 people and displacing thousands others.
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