Indian Education School, Kuwait commemorated the 75th Anniversary of UN on October 24, 2020 with a host of educational and cultural activities on the virtual stage of IES, organized conjointly by the Departments of Social Science and English. The event was graced by the presence of Ms. Raghavi Viswanath, a pursuer of Ph.D. in International Criminal Law at the prestigious European University Institute, Florence, Italy. This year’s global theme for the celebration was ‘The Future We Want; the UN We Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism’. After the virtual lighting of the lamp, the School Head Girl, Vaishnavi Pai extended a warm welcome to the august gathering. Mr. T. Premkumar, the principal of Indian Education School reflected on the commitment of Bhavanites, who celebrated all the events enthusiastically even in the face of the pandemic. He extended a heart- felt gratitude to the Chairman of Bhavans Middle East, Mr. N.K Ramachandran Menon for being a pillar of strength and support. A presentation comprising the snaps and video snippets of the students participating in the Mock Security Council and the Mock General Assembly was played. A short speech by Aaron Yohann Thomas of class 12 D revealed the seventy-five–year-old legacy of United Nations in successfully maintaining peace and harmony in the world. A short informative video about the UN set the perfect ambience for the exciting moot court contest that followed. The Moot Court organized by the Department of English, under the supervision of Mr. E.P. Prasad, the Subject Coordinator, the Department of English, based on the renowned Shakespearean drama, Julius Caesar examined the conspiracies behind the assassination of the great Roman leader Julius Caesar. The students who participated enhanced their public speaking skills, critical thinking, and argument skills. The Chief Guest, Ms. Raghavi Viswanath, who was also the adjudicator of the Moot Court, in her address, applauded the mooters of IES for their admirable oratory skills, involvement and active participation. She also shared an inspiring journey of her legal career. A virtual certificate of appreciation was awarded to the Chief Guest by the principal, Mr. T. Premkumar. Bhavanites also got a unique opportunity to lend their ears to a prerecorded video of the orator par excellence and writer, Dr. Shashi Tharoor, a former Under-Secretary General of the United Nations. Dr Tharoor extolled IES for organizing such an exciting event to commemorate the UN day. The celebration ended with a vote of thanks proposed by Jerome John Thomas, the School Head Boy, followed by the Indian National Anthem. The celebration was coordinated by Ms. Hajira Banu, a member of the Department of Social Science, under the supervision of Mr. Binoy Mathew, the HoD of Social Science, the Senior Wing, Ms. Ann Bindhia, the HoD of Social Science, the Middle Wing.  The emcees for the day were Abhipsa Panda and Aarya Anil Kumar of 9G. The activities conducted in connection with the special day helped students to discover the significance of multiculturalism, acceptance, and friendship that the United Nations represents.

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