The Defence Staff College (DSC) today held its annual Cultural day celebration in Karen, Nairobi. The event was presided over by the college Commandant Major General Martin Ong’oyi.
The event themed “Integration through Cultural Diversity” brought together Military Officers drawn from different countries studying at the college.
The Officers prepared respective country presentations and cultural exhibitions that included; food, donning of traditional attire, songs and dances.
The participants are military officers drawn from Burundi, Egypt, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
Major Veronica Awuor, Chairlady of the Cultural Committee recognised the effort put in place by all students to make the day a success despite the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 global pandemic.
The college Commandant appreciated culture as a way of life that gives one identity and manifests through food, dressing, language and music. “Culture is acquired, learned, spoken and most of all practised. No one is born with culture.” he added.
Major General Ong’oyi brought out the essence of cultural day celebrations in the military as one way of sharing diversity amongst personnel who come from different regions.
He said that this day is also meant for the communities and families of the participants who unfortunately did not attend the event due to the laid down COVID-19 prevention protocols by the government.
The college cultural day is a key event in the course curriculum aimed at celebrating and showcasing the rich cultural diversity by participants who come from different nationalities, cultures and background. It also gives the students opportunity to experience cultural diversities and showcase its role in enhancing regional integration.
Present during the occasion were Defence Attachés and representatives from the countries whose students are at the college.