BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Governor Livingston students from the Holocaust and Genocide Studies class recently attended the Diversity Council on Global Education and Citizenship Student Leadership Conference at Kean University.
The highlight of the conference was keynote speaker, Kizito Kalima, a Rwandan Genocide Survivor. The Rwandan Genocide, occurred in 1994, and was a planned mass slaughter of the Tutsi, Twa and moderate Hutus by the Rwandan Government. Mr. Kalima’s incredible story covered his journey from genocide to social justice advocate and engrossed the 350 students in attendance. Madison Young, junior, commented “it’s different hearing about the genocide in class and actually hearing testimony from a person directly- it’s just more impactful.” While senior Aoife Rouse added, “that she learned more about the severity of the situation in Rwanda.”
In addition to Mr. Kalima’s speech, students had the opportunity to share and brainstorm ideas with students from other schools. GLHS students attended the Conference as part of their Holocaust and Genocide class which focuses on the themes of Moral Responsibility, Social Injustice, and Human Rights.
Senior, Claudia Manieri said, “I learned moving forward from experiences can be quite challenging but if you have the right mindset and motivation you can use those experiences to be more understanding.”
The class is currently working on their culminating activity which involves planning a service- learning project.