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Interviews conducted in Rwanda


(includes testimonies in the process of being integrated into the Visual History Archive)

Educational Programming

  • 2017: IWitness ambassador teachers from Saint Vincent-Muhoza School host IWitness training workshop for school staff and administrators.
  • 2017: USC Shoah Foundation participates in colloquium on Rwanda Peace Education.
  • 2016: In the month of April, IWitness published a new activity geared toward Rwandan students every Friday. 
  • 2016: In March, USC Shoah Foundation held a training at the University of Rwanda College of Education for Rwandan teachers on how to build IWitness activities and incorporate IWitness into the curriculum. 
  • 2016: Students from Kagarama Secondary School in Kigali complete the Bystander Effect activity in IWitness and then video-chat with students at Charlotte Islamic Academy in North Carolina about media, propaganda and bystanders.
  • 2016: Stephen Smith attends the Agohozo-Shalom Youth Village graduation ceremony.
  • 2015: "Advanced Use of Multimedia in Peace Education" educator workshop introduces teachers to IWitness at University of Rwanda's College of Education.
  • 2015: USC Shoah Foundation staff show testimony to 120 students in Rwanda during the U.S. State Department's WiSci Girls STEAM camp.
  • 2015: Educators convene in Rwanda with USC Shoah Foundation staff members and other partners for a reflective workshop on the “IWitness in Rwanda” program. Led by USC Shoah Foundation and British NGO Aegis Trust and funded by the UK Department for International Development, “IWitness in Rwanda” began three years ago. It aims to introduce IWitness to educators across Rwanda and incorporate it into curriculum for teaching about genocide.
  • 2014: The IWitness activity “Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda” -- originally constructed with colleagues from the Kigali Genocide Memorial for use in classroom pilots in Kigali, Rwanda – was made available to students all around the world.
  • IWitness in Rwanda - introducing testimony to students by engaging them in technology. A joint effort between USC Shoah Foundation, Aegis Trust and Kigali Genocide Memorial (KGM) that is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). In classroom pilots underway as part of the second phase of the project.
  • Phase One Pilot Schools:
    • Kagarama Secondary School
    • Wellspring Academy
    • Gashora Girls Academy
    • Glory Secondary School
    • Agahozo Shalom Youth Village
  • Phase Two Pilot Schools:
    • College St. Andre
  • 2013: First ever IWitness Teacher Training in Rwanda for 23 teachers from around the country.
  • 2012: USC Shoah Foundation organized a symposium for educators and leaders of partner organizations in Rwanda and South Africa on July 25 and 26. The symposium, titled Teaching, Testimony, and Transformation: Global Landscapes, centered on the educational use of Holocaust and genocide survivor testimony in the classroom setting.
  • 2010: In addition to funding the pilot interview project, the ACE Charitable Foundation grant enabled the Institute to organize Rwanda: Confronting a Painful Past a panel discussion that took place at USC.

Academic Programming

  • 2015: Wolf Gruner, Director of the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, presents International Family Film Festival's Humanitarian Award to Rwandan filmmaker Eric Kabera.
  • 2014: Problems Without Passports: Rebuilding Rwanda: Memory, Testimony and Living Together. Second annual USC summer course that combines problem-based or inquiry learning research exercises with study in Rwanda. Led by Dr. Amy Carnes, associate director of education and Dr. Dan Leshem, associate director of research for USC Shoah Foundation.
  • 2014: USC Professor Beth Meyerowitz led Trauma Education Workshop for staff of Aegis Rwanda and Kigali Genocide Memorial
  • 2014: Three Kigali Genocide Memorial Center (KGMC) staff members spent two months at Institute learning indexing methodology and archive building to strengthen their capacity to record, index and preserve testimonies of Rwandan Genocide survivors in the future.
  • Problems Without Passports: Rebuilding Rwanda: Memory, Testimony and Living Together. Inaugural course.
  • 2011: Five Kigali Genocide Memorial Center (KGMC) staff members attend six-week training session to learn the organization’s archiving methods.
  • 2010: Panel discussion at USC, Rwanda: Confronting a Painful Past.

Additional work in Rwanda

  • 2015: USC Shoah Foundation trained a team of four staff members from Aegis Trust, a British NGO that aims to prevent genocide worldwide, on best practices for archiving video testimonies. Their visit was partly supported by the Rwanda Peace Education Program (RPEP), which is led by multiple international partners, including USC Shoah Foundation, to develop peace education in Rwanda.

  • Witnesses for Humanity Collection

  • 2014: 1,000 assets from Genocide Archive of Rwanda incorporated into IWitness

  • 2014: President Paul Kagame visited USC Shoah Foundation

  • In partnership with Aegis Trust, recording and preserving approximately 500 testimonies from survivors and rescuers from the 1994 Rwandan Tutsi genocide. The first 65 testimonies were integrated into the Visual History Archive in April 2013.

  • Rwanda Peace Education Program - a three year program funded by Sida that launched in 2013 bringing together the expertise of four partners (Aegis Trust, Institute for Research and Dialogue for Peace, Radio La Benevolencija and USC Shoah Foundation) with a vision to work together to promote social cohesion, positive values - including pluralism and personal responsibility - empathy, critical thinking and action in order to build a more peaceful society in Rwanda.