The National Defence College (NDC) today, held its annual Cultural day celebrations in Karen, Nairobi.
The event themed “Harnessing cultural diversity for social integration and resilience” brought together friends and families of the officers and senior government officials attending the college. They are drawn from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Burundi, Zambia and Nepal. The cultural celebrations were presided over by Lieutenant General Adan Mulata, the College Commandant.
“Embracing cultural diversity creates a sense of identity; identity generates passion for one’s culture and country. It is the foundation upon which societies are shaped, peace and security enhanced through in-depth understanding of different communities amongst us”, remarked the Commandant.
He further underscored the need for communities and societies to preserve their individual cultures saying they are the values that preserve human heritage. He reiterated Mahatma Gandhi’s quote “A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and souls of its people”
The celebrations were marked by diverse presentations of traditional artefacts, traditionally prepared foods, drinks, cultural dances and poems.
The cultural day is a key occasion in the course curriculum and is aimed at celebrating and showcasing the rich cultural diversity by participants from different nationalities, cultures and backgrounds and to emphasize and appreciate the role culture plays in enhancing regional peace and security.
The National Defence College is the top most Kenya Defence Forces – sponsored strategic level training college mandated to prepare selected Senior Military Officers and equivalent Senior Civil Servants of The Republic of Kenya and their Counterparts from countries in Africa and South Asia for higher responsibilities in national security, strategic management and public policy.
The college boasts of over 800 alumni base and over twenty-three (23) years of service to the region and globally.