A Team of two students from the University of Rwanda (UR), College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) in the School of Law won the Regional Moot Court Competition on children rights held at Strathmore University, Kenya from 12th to 14th November 2014. The competition progresses with knockout rounds and students argue hypothetical cases of alleged child rights violations mainly in front of African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.
The Team of students who represented the University of Rwanda was made up of Mr. Dieudonné Nzafashwanayo and Miss Patience Baibare.
Mr. Dieudonné Nzafashwanayo asserted that their win proves that University of Rwanda offers knowledge package that can help graduates to compete in the region. He said: “At the final stage, we defeated a very competitive team from the University of Nairobi. We were arguing based on academic knowledge about international human rights. Our win proves that our university’s quality of education can enable graduates compete even on the labour market in the region.”
The Dean of CASS/School of Law, Dr Francois Xavier Kalinda commenting on the achievement of his school students, he expressed his joy and congratulated the students for their outstanding performance. “We are very proud of our students who did a great job. In fact, if I recall well we have participated in this competition since 1998 but we were not able to be emerged as winners”, Dr. Kalinda said. He vowed the school’s support to the forthcoming competitions to allow students get exposed to their counterparts in the region and beyond.
Mr. Jean Paul Mazimpaka , an academic staff of CASS/school of Law who served as students’ coach indicated that it was a very tough competition given the experience and fame of the universities which took part in the competition. “Students passed through stages up to the final round which they won. Their performance was at high level as they eliminated some more renowned universities in the region of East Africa”, Mr. Mazimpaka explained.
This event is organised each year by Save the Children International in collaboration with a faculty of law in a host country and it brings together participants from Universities of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia and South Sudan.