Ijambo Toastmasters club is sole Toastmasters club situated in the UR-Huye campus but is part of the global network of clubs that make Toastmasters International. Toastmasters in Rwanda was introduced by the first lady’s Imbuto foundation with a purpose of empowering young Rwandans to gain public speaking skills and building their confidence to reach their full potential.
Imbuto foundation started in the countries two college Toastmasters clubs which are Ijambo Toastmasters club UR-Huye campus and Ijwi Toastmasters UR-Nyarugenge Campus in 2011.
For the first time, IJAMBO Toastmasters organized a speech contest between club members from Rise and Talk Toastmaster club in IPRC-Kigali, Ijwi Toastmasters from UR-Nyarugenge and the host Ijambo Toastmasters from Huye Campus took place on 24th March 2017.The competition aimed at shaping young people to become potential leaders and excellent public speakers.
Prof. Philip Cotton UR Vice Chancellor posing a photo with contestants
The contest winner UWAYO Yves Rene whose speech was entitled; “The United States of Africa” stole the show with his remarkable account of how Africans should work together for the betterment of the continent.
The third best performer, KARARA Jackson whose speech focused on people’s zeal to bring a change in the world, was titled” why, why?” In his speech he urged to never complain about what happens in one’s life but to look beyond into finding solutions.
Jean Paul Iranzi, President of Ijambo Toastmasters who organizes the speech contest advises people to join Toastmasters to master public speaking skills as he observed ”I had a poor speaking attitude until toastmasters motivated me through their wonderful evaluation, public speaking is my new hobby now. ”
Ijambo Toastmasters meets every Wednesday and Saturday in koica room 224 from 8 to 10PM, currently there are two toastmasters club in the University of Rwanda namely Ijambo toastmasters in Huye Campus and Ijwi Toastmasters in Nyarugenge Campus. This event was primarily sponsored by Imbuto Foundation, which has been part of Toastmasters since it initiated both clubs in 2011.
Closing the event UR Vice chancellor of the University of Rwanda, Professor Philip Cotton thanked the clubs for their commitment towards fostering good communications skills in the university and urged students to join the club to master communication skills.
Compiled by UMUPFASONI Jacqueline
Corporate Communication Office
University of Rwanda
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