Rwandan Journalists for Canada Training
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Edwin Musoni

Rwanda Initiative has listed nine Rwandan journalists to undertake journalism studies at Carlton University in Canada. Those listed for the training include former The New Times' Managing Director, Ignatius Kabagambe who is doing his Masters Degree and George Kagame, a reporter of the same paper.

According to a statement issued by Rwanda Initiative, six of the nominated journalists will take part in short-term media internships with Canadian news organisations in 2008 and 2009.

The releasewas signed by former Toronto Star reporter and Director of Rwanda Initiative, Professor Allan.

The release quotes Thompson saying; "up to now, the primary focus of the Rwanda Initiative project has been to take Canadian journalists to Rwanda to contribute to building the capacity of the media in a country where journalism was decimated by the 1994 Genocide.

"Now we are moving in a new direction by bringing more and more Rwandan journalists to Canada to study and train."

Those benefiting from the programme include former Reuters' news agency correspondent in Rwanda, Arthur Asiimwe, who is also doing a Masters Degree.

Others are: Astrida Uwera (Student at National University of Rwanda School of Journalism), Charles Kabonero (Umuseso and owner of Rwanda Media Group), Fred Mwasa (Copy Editor, Rwanda News Agency), Gilbert Ndikubwayezu (Finalist at NUR School of Journalism) and Louise Umutoni (Focus Newspaper).

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The Rwanda Initiative is a partnership between the School of Journalism and Communication at the National University of Rwanda, and Carleton University.

The project was launched in January, 2006 by Professor Thompson.

The internship in Canada for Rwandan journalists is co-funded by former Toronto Star publisher John Honderich and Carleton University.

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