During the Easter break, 12 Harrovians visited Rwanda to look at the political and economic progress that the country has made in recent years. In order to understand this, it was imperative to consider the background and details of the 1994 genocide and a guided tour by a survivor of the Kigali Genocide Memorial was a moving and informative experience. Boys visited the Rwandan Stock Exchange and were addressed by the CEO Pierre Rwabukumba, with Jack Bell (Lyons) being given the opportunity to ring the bell to mark the end of the day’s trading. They had a guided tour by the Managing Director of Kenya Commercial Bank in Kigali. KCB is East Africa’s largest bank and boys were able to better understand its operations in the region. The boys visited the British High Commission where they spent time with the Deputy High Commissioner, hearing about the life of a diplomat and the important consular work that is done by the High Commission and had the opportunity to discuss development and economics with Lord Popat of Harrow, the UK Trade Envoy.
The trip also included a safari at the beautiful Akagera National Park, a boat ride on Lake Kivu, a visit to a second division soccer match and a final dinner in the stunning Mille Colline Hotel. The boys found the experience extremely informative and insightful.