In a most unique and unprecedented gesture, the Indian Community School Kuwait, Senior, held a special programme ‘Homage to Martyrs’ on 22 September, in the memory of the Jawans of Indian Army who were martyred in the recent attack in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir. The programme ‘Homage to Martyrs’ also launched a ‘KD 1 campaign’ in line with the Re. 1 fund for the families of Indian Defence Personnel. It was an unmatched initiative to make children aware of the cost our soldiers pay to ensure we breathe free and sleep peacefully.
Niva Elna, teacher of commerce, delivered a moving speech that reminded the students about the services and sacrifices of the Indian Armed forces. Sreekala Dileep, Head of the Social Science Department of ICSK, elucidated upon the Re. 1 Fund initiated by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi. This fund invites voluntary contributions, which may be as humble as Re. 1, into a bank account managed by the Ministry of Defense to aid the families of Indian Military and Para-Military forces. Also, the KD 1 campaign launched by the Indian Community School Kuwait, Senior was also explained.
This campaign is an effort to take voluntary contribution of KD 1 from students and staff to support this fund. The ‘ICSK KD 1 Campaign’ commenced with the Principal Dr. V. Binumon contributing to the fund, followed by the Vice-Principal Dr. Sam T. Kuruvilla. Then the non-teaching staff, teaching staff, senate members and student representatives walked up to the dais to make the contributions.
In an emotionally charged atmosphere, Principal Dr. V. Binumon administered a unique pledge to the students:
‘I, do hereby, swear allegiance to the unity and integrity of India and pay homage to the dear departed in the recent terrorist atrocities in Kashmir. I also promise that I will try my level best to root out terrorism in all degrees and dedicate myself for the welfare of my nation.’
A truly breath-holding sight followed the oath with each student and staff member and also the Vice-Principal and Principal holding a candle-light march to the dais to salute and pay homage to the martyred soldiers.
A highly emotional five minute video has been especially made by the Indian Community School Kuwait which will be shown to all our school children and will also be circulated via Whatsapp and Facebook. The video is meant to sensitize about the sacrifices our soldiers make for our country.
Further, this movement will be extended to all other branches of ICSK with a target to collect a total of Rs. 15 lac. This money will be handed over to the Ambassador of India to Kuwait Sunil Jain.