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Don’t be afraid of challenges - Kagame

Written by: George Kalisa
Thursday, July 12th, 2018, 5:28
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President Paul Kagame has today called on young people to stand up to challenges in order to pursue their aspirations. He said that there is need to learn from the past to move forward.

 

“Don’t be afraid of challenges. If you have aspirations for tomorrow then you have to stand up to these challenges,” observed Kagame.

 

“People who are not part of our past are the majority but they need to learn it. It is part of who we are. It has lessons of what can go wrong. You can’t just switch off your past. You don’t have to be held back by it but you need to reflect on it to go forward,” he added.

President Kagame was today speaking to 80 members of the Young Presidents Association from 17 countries who are visiting the country as part of the YPO Rwanda Life Changing Experience trip in the capital Kigali.

 

He called on the Africans to always have lessons for themselves before they can learn from others.

 

“I am always uncomfortable that we would want to be seen as having lessons for others. We first have lessons for ourselves,” said Kagame, “we are learning from others, experimenting, and we have not been afraid of trying new things”

 

On technology he challenged critics who read Rwanda’s approach upside down.

 

“Many thought our thinking was wrong. We were asked how can you think about technology when your people don’t have food. We didn’t see technology as a burden but as a solution to problems we had”

 

Life expectancy in Rwanda has gone up to 67 year from 41 years old 24 years but the President was optimistic that it can go above give the current efforts and innovations in the health sector. “We want to sustain that, keep that as a minimum but also go beyond”

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