Independence Day Celebration 2018

15th August 2018 was the 72nd Independence Day for India. The students and teachers at the SCIP ECO school, along with our volunteers, celebrated the spirit of freedom with a lot of gusto, cheer, and food.

The whole school and even the streets were decorated in the shades of the tricolor of the Indian National flag -- saffron for courage, white for peace, and green for growth -- each colour signifying something substantial.


The students waved plastic flags and cherished the spirit of freedom and patriotism. After the flag hoisting ceremony and singing the Indian National Anthem, one of the teachers gave a speech. It was met with a loud applause and hearty shouts of “Jai Hind!” by the students.

Later, our volunteers distributed food and cold drinks -- namely Samosas and Fanta -- among the kids, who really brightened up at the prospect of a savoury snack.


We, at Saving Children in Poverty, truly believe in the power of education to transform lives and to unleash freedom.

On this celebratory occasion, we would like to end this blog post with a poem -- penned in 1910, during India’s struggle for Independence -- about India that the Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore envisions:

“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high

Where knowledge is free

Where the world has not been broken up into fragments

By narrow domestic walls

Where words come out from the depth of truth

Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection

Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way

Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit

Where the mind is led forward by thee

Into ever-widening thought and action

Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.”


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