About the Project

The IWitness in Rwanda project is a partnership between the Aegis Trust, a U.K.-based Genocide prevention organization, the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center, and USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education. The initiative was borne of the need to address the challenge of engaging students cognitively and emotionally, and the need for educational tools that inspire students to think critically and explore how they can contribute to Rwanda’s social and economic development. Using the knowledge and experience of the partners, the IWitness in Rwanda project also addresses the need for values education in the general curriculum.

For 25 months (beginning February 2013), the IWitness in Rwanda project held several educator trainings and workshops, in--‐classroom IWitness Pilots and various information sessions and demos throughout Rwanda.

About the Aegis Trust

Aegis Trust is a UK based prevention of genocide charity, which together with Kigali City Council, established the Kigali Genocide Memorial (KGM) at the time of the 10th anniversary of the 1994 genocide against Tutsi. Aegis Trust has since then successfully partnered with Government of Rwanda, international donors and private funders on numerous initiatives. With 113 staff, more than half of Aegis presence worldwide is linked to activities in Rwanda, notably the KGM, the Genocide Archive of Rwanda, the Education Department as well as the Social Enterprises Department and the Social Programme, which primarily benefits widows and orphans of the genocide. Since 2013, Aegis Trust has started implementing Peace Education Programmes that deliver education workshops at KGM and an extensive outreach education programme; a youth programme, a research and higher education programme and  a significant expansion of the archive. Aegis Trust began its existence by managing the Holocaust Education Centre in England and has managed major international programmes including the “Wanted for War Crimes” programme.

Source: http://www.aegistrust.org/


About the Kigali Trust

The Centre in Kigali was created by a joint partnership of the Kigali City Council and the UK-based Aegis Trust. It is situated in the Gasabo district about 3 km from the Kigali City Center.


The Kigali Genocide Memorial is the best known and most visited memorial site in Rwanda. The remains of around 258,000 people have been gathered from different districts of Kigali and were buried in the cemetery of this memorial site. The operation of burying the victims’ corpses that have been found all over the city in ditches and toilets is still going on. Since 2000, Kigali City began the treatment of different objects which could serve as material proof of the genocide (clothes, bones., and other objects like weapons that were used during the genocide).The Kigali Genocide Memorial contains oral testimonies collected from different Kigali city quarters, documents, publications, human bones and skulls that have been treated for conservation and weapons used during the genocide like machetes, clubs, swords, etc. Kigali Genocide Memorial also contains objects like rosaries, photographs, identity cards, shoes, clothes and pipes abandoned by victims.

The Kigali Genocide Memorial was inaugurated during the tenth commemoration of the genocide victims. The site is divided into different parts like: Three exhibition spaces, the Genocide Archive of Rwanda, a library, a documentation center, an education center for peace and reconciliation, memorial gardens and mass graves.


http://www.kigalimemorialcentre.org/old/index.html http://www.museum.gov.rw/2_museums/kigali/kigali_memorial/pages/page_intro.htm