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RWANDA: New college to offer unique studies of reconciliation

By Grace Mugabe

Kigali Anglican Theological College  

[L'Eglise Episcopal au Rwanda]  A new college for the Episcopal Church of Rwanda, Kigali Anglican Theological College, intends to commence new educational programs, in addition to theological studies, that will focus on languages and reconciliation studies, according to the college rector, the Rev. Richard Seed.

Seed said that the College is to be become a university in the near future, and noted that the reconciliation courses will make the campus unique in East and Central Africa.

According to a provincial news release, "the campus has come at the right time to help cleanse the hearts of Rwandans who were affected by the 1994 Genocide. It will also help to pass knowledge about peace to the Great Lakes students."

The Episcopal church of Rwanda was formerly under the auspices of the Province of Rwanda, Burundi and BogaZaire. In 1992 the Province of the Episcopal church of Rwanda was formed consisting of four dioceses -- Kigali, Butare, Shyira and Byumba -- under the leadership of its first Archbishop, the Most Rev. Augustin Nshamihigo. In 1998, the current Archbishop, the Most Rev. Emmanuel Kolini was enthroned.

Due to the 1994 genocide, which claimed more than 800,000 lives and left the country in ruins, the church has embarked on healing thousands of traumatized people, reconciling the population and restoring peace. It is also involved in rural development, medical work and education.