Conflict resolution by peaceful means - a training for parish priests in Biharamulo

From the 19th to the 21th of july the parish priests of Rulenge-Ngara diocese were invited to follow a training about conflict resolution by peaceful means in Biharamulo. Objective of the training was to improve the personal skills in peace building and reconciliation for the daily work in the parishes. The respect of human rights and the importance of inter- religious dialoge were also subjects of the three days training, organized by the dioceseon Justice and Peace department and facilitated by Fr. Innocent Minani, the executive secretary.
In a second step, Justice and Peace department will also train the members of the Justice and Peace comites at parish level to able them to assist the priests in promoting peace and reconciliation in the communities and the families.



The involvement of the Catholic Diocese of Rulenge-Ngara in the education sector has gone concurrently with her establishment back in 1960 when it started running a number of primary schools which formerly belonged to the then mother Catholic Diocese of Bukoba in Kagera region.  Due to the changes in the ownership polices, all these schools were surrendered to the Government of Tanzania whereby they are to date managed by the village communities under the direction of the Ministry of Education and the District Councils.  Of late the Diocese is currently running several educational institutions including Pre -Primary schools, others, referred to as (Montessori); Primary Schools and Secondary schools.


Geographical location:

The Diocese of Rulenge-Ngara is situated in the North - Western corner of Tanzania within Kagera Region, covering an area of 13,004 km² out of 40,838 km² Kagera Region.The Diocese Borders with the countries of Rwanda in West, Burundi in South, to the east are the shores of Lake Victoria and Muleba District. The diocesan headquarters including the Bishop’s House are situated in Ngara, 45 km from Rulenge Pro-Cathedral.

The diocese covers a geographical area of three administrative districts of Ngara,  Biharamulo and Chato. It is divided into three ecclesiastical deaneries of Ngara, Biharamulo, and Chato with a 300,000  catholic population and15 parishes. (Source: Rulenge-Ngara Diocesan Pastoral reports 2007).

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