A chapter on the National War Memorial – ‘A Homage to our Brave Soldiers’ – has been included in this year’s NCERT curriculum of Class VII. The objective of this initiative, jointly undertaken by the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Education, is to inculcate the values of patriotism, devotion to duty and courage & sacrifice among school children and increase the participation of youth in nation-building.
The chapter highlights the history, significance and concept of the National War Memorial (NWM) and the supreme sacrifice made by the Bravehearts of the Armed Forces in the service of the nation post-Independence. In the chapter, two friends exchange letters and share their feelings of gratitude for the freedom they enjoy due to the sacrifices made by the Bravehearts. Deep emotional impact and connections, which arise in the minds and hearts of the children as they visit the iconic monument, have been brought out creatively by the authors of NCERT.
It may be recalled that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi dedicated the NWM to the nation on February 25, 2019, in New Delhi. It was set up to inculcate a sense of sacrifice & national spirit among the people and pay a befitting tribute to the brave soldiers who laid down their lives defending the nation.