In the past six years, Sondra Myers has traveled to the small African nation of Rwanda nine times.
During those visits, she has been witness to the strides taken by the country in health care, civic life, education and cultural reconcilliation since the 1994 genocide against the country’s Tutsi population. These gains form the basis of Ms. Myers’ new book, “The New Rwanda II: Successes and Challenges on the Ground.”

The collection of essays is the sequel to Ms. Myers’ 2010 book, “The New Rwanda: Prosperity and the Public Good.” It was published by the University of Scranton and launched in July in the Rwandan capital city of Kigali.

“The can-do spirit and the passion for progress have become increasingly evident each time I’m in the country,” Ms. Myers writes in the book’s foreword. “There is a steady rhythm, a heartbeat that keeps the nation moving along, notwithstanding enormous challenges. Employing a combination of tradition and innovation, Rwandans are shaping their future.”

The first book was translated into Kinyarwanda, the traditional Rwandan language, and has since been used as a tool for public discussion in Rwanda in the past four years and in Rwandan embassies all over the world. The successes and progress that Ms. Myers has seen since the first book’s publication prompted her to write the sequel.

One of the many important developments touched on in the book is the construction of a modern library.

“It is clear that Rwanda needs to make a leap into the 21st century so that its citizens can become part of the global community,” Ms. Myers writes. “We are a knowledge-based planet and it is critically important for Rwandans to know what is happening, when and where and why, as they determine their own place in the world, exchange goods and ideas and skills with others, and ensure that they will be integrated into the global community as equals. That requires the development of a reading culture.”
The book is broken into sections with topics ranging from Rwandan traditions to reflections of foreign observers and young Rwandans.

Ms. Myers is the senior fellow for international, civic and cultural projects and the director of the Schemel Forum at the University of Scranton.“The New Rwanda II: Successes and Challenges on the Ground”

Editor: Sondra Myers
Publisher: The University of Scranton
Pages: 72
Price: $20
The book is sold at The University of Scranton Schemel Forum Office. To order, email sondra.myers@scranton.edu

The Times-Tribune
IAN WEIR

Publication Date: October 5, 2014

Local woman edits sequel to ‘Rwanda’