The Ministry of Sport and Culture implements the following core functions
• Elaborate the guidelines to orient different stakeholders in Sports and Culture;
• Develop, disseminate and implement standards and norms applicable to the sub-sectors;
• Ensure alignment and harmonization of the ministry’s programs with the Government strategies such as Vision2020, EDPRS etc;
• Build the capacity and support the institutions that support the development of Sports and Culture;
• Put in place infrastructural facilities that support the development and sustainability of sports, recreational and cultural programs;
• Promote research and development of cultural and sport activities;
• Strengthen, rationalize and coordinate actions within Government institutions, private sector, civil society, and other partners with an aim of uplifting and promoting sports and culture;
• Set up and implement a monitoring and evaluation system that helps to measure the progress and impact in the Sports and Culture;.
• Provide strategic guidance and orientations on specific programs to the institutions under the Ministry’s supervision to ensure alignment with Strategic vision of the country;
• Supervise the functioning and management of affiliated institutions and agencies of the ministry for efficiency and effectiveness;
• Source and mobilize resources to implement policies, strategies and programs in the sports and culture.
Before the colonial era, Rwanda was, unquestionably, a nation-state with a people sharing the same religious beliefs, the same traditions, same customs, speaking the same language, Kinyarwanda, in short, having a same culture.
To consolidate their power, colonizers and missionaries have, from the outset, sought to blot out the identity and collective memory of Rwandans. Thus, many traditional cultural practices such as worship for ancestors were described as wild and pagan, and in some places trees and sacred places were destroyed.
The Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda of 4 June 2003, as amended to date, reaffirms Government’s commitment to protecting sound traditional and cultural practices based on Rwandan philosophy and culture in general;.The Constitution stipulates that Government has the obligation to ensure preservation of its cultural heritage, memorials and sites of genocide.
Today, more than ever before, the Ministry holding Culture within its remit, strongly upholds that cultural heritage in both its material and immaterial aspects and as a resonant expression of a people’s identity, constitutes a determining factor for unity, national reconciliation and contributes to national development and to a shared brighter future.
Music and dance plays an important role in the traditions of all Rwanda's peoples .The Rwandan people have a variety of music and dance which range from acts that demonstrate epics commemorating excellence and bravery, lumorous lyrics to hunting root. Traditional songs are often accompanied by a solitary lulunga, a harp-like instrument with eight strings.
More celebratory dances are backed by a drum orchestra, which typically comprises seven to nine members, and collectively produce a hypnotic and exciting explosion set of intertwining rhythms.
A wide range of traditional handicrafts is produced in rural Rwanda, ranging from ceramics and basketry to traditional woodcarvings and contemporary paintings.
A good selection of crafted artifacts can be viewed in the main market or street stalls in Kigali, while an excellent place to peruse and purchase modern art works is the capital's Centre for the Formation of Arts. A distinctively Rwandan craft is the cow dung 'paintings' that are produced by a local co-operative in the village of Nyakarimbi near the Rusumo Falls border with Tanzania. Dominated by black, brown and white whorls and other geometric abstractions, these unique and earthy works can be bought in Kigali, but it's worth diverting to source to see how the paintings are reflected in local house decorations.
Languages : Kinyarwanda, French and English are the official Languages of Rwanda. Kiswahili is also used in commercial hubs.