AERG (Association des Etudiants Et Éleves Rescapés Du Genocide) is an association of student survivors of genocide created in 1996 at the National University of Rwanda. Now AERG is represented nationally at 27 universities and institutes of higher learning and 300 secondary schools in Rwanda, with a total countrywide membership of 43,397.
The national AERG coordination office is based in Kigali, which liaises with the AERG University and Secondary School AERG sections.
The main mission of AERG is to connect and represent all student survivors (those whose parents and relatives were killed during Tutsi genocide) involved in higher learning or attending secondary school.
AERG is now dedicated to providing financial support, moral help, fighting genocide ideology and ensuring that students overcome trauma, homelessness and financial problems. AERG is an organization run by students for students and as such many people are involved on a voluntary basis. The executive committee at the national office consists entirely of voluntary personnel. AERG does, however, have 5 paid staff members based at the national coordination office.
- Connect and represent all student survivors of the Tutsi genocide.
- Identify the academic and social problems encountered by student survivors of the genocide.
- Promote mutual material and moral help between members.
- Collaborate with people, associations and institutions on national and international levels to promote the welfare of genocide survivors.
- Build the memory of genocide, collecting and conserving the testimonies and any other related information.
AERG key partners in 2010 were: CNLG (National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide), MINALOC (Ministry of Local Government and Social Affairs), MINEDUC (Ministry of Education), MOH (Ministry of Health), NYC (National Youth Council), Survivors Fund (SURF), IBUKA (National umbrella of survivors’ organization) and the Rwanda Senate.
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