For security and defence forces, the protection and respect of the individual countries cultures and norms has become one of national vital responsibilities. The apprehension of the relationship between national traditions, cultures and values with security has become a fundamental variable in understanding and solving strategic security challenges. It is in the same vein that defence and staff colleges organize cultural festivals and displays to make their students fully conversant with the importance of culture in strategic studies.
For a second consecutive year in the RDFCSC history, and to fostering inter-cultural dynamics between students represented on Senior Command and Staff Course; students of SCSC 05 celebrated a Cultural Day as part of their course program on 14 January 2017. The event’s main objective was to raise awareness, understanding, consciousness and tolerance of other cultures through appreciating each distinctive culture represented.
Apart from South Sudanese, other students, namely from Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, proudly showcased their national cultural identity through songs, dance, dressing, cuisine and drinks.
The College Chief Instructor, Col Justus Majyambere, delivered the key note address on behalf of the Commandant who was not present due to other duties.
The event started with country briefs by respective students. The event was attended by invited guests from all the countries represented on the course, RDF and RNP Senior Officers, and as well as Local Government Authorities including the Executive Secretary Northern Province and the Vice Mayor Musanze District responsible for social affairs.
During the tour of countries exhibition stands, invited guests could taste and appreciate various food delicacies
Students from Rwanda, the host nation, appeared well prepared in showcasing the usual richness and diversity of Rwandan culture. Notable among others, was the traditional warrior dance known as “Umuhamilizo”.
The officers also exhibited the Rwandan traditional attire “Imishanana”.