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The Parade, The Flag, The National Anthem

On Monday morning and Friday afternoon all the students and teachers would gather around the parade area. First the scouts (not unlike our Boy Scouts) would do a drill and raise or lower the flag. Then everyone would sing the national anthem. After, one of the students would read a passage from the Bible and say a prayer. Once in a while, the students chorus would also have a song to sing. When this was done everyone would listen to announcements from the headmaster, deputy headmaster, and the master on duty (teacher on duty for the week).

One interesting point – while the flag was being raised or lowered and the national anthem was being sung everyone within hearing distance would stop what they were doing and stand at attention. This was done for respect for the country – something not seen here very often.

I never really did hear the national anthem sung – the students seemed to mumble the lyrics to the song. They made me wonder if they knew it!

The Flag


Kenyan Flag The shield and crossed spears represent the defense of freedom.
The black bar symbolizes the people of Kenya.
The red bar symbolizes the blood shed in the struggle for independence.
The green bar symbolizes Kenya’s natural resources.
The two narrow white bars symbolize peace and unity.


The National Anthem



Ee Mungu nguvu yetu
Ilete baraka kwetu

Haki iwe ngao na mlinzi
Natukae na udugu

Amani na uhuru
Raha tupate na ustawi.

Amkeni ndugu zetu
Tufanye sote bidii

Nasi tujitoe kwa nguvu
Nchi yetu ya Kenya

Tuwe tayari kuilinda

Natujenge taifa letu
Ee, ndio wajibu wetu

Kenya istahili heshima
Tuungane mikono

Pamoja kazini
Kila siku tuwe na shukrani


O God of all creation
Bless this our land and nation

Justice be our shield and defender
May we dwell in unity

Peace and liberty
Plenty be found within our borders.

Let one and all arise
With hearts both strong and true

Service be our earnest endeavour
And our homeland of Kenya

Heritage of splendour
Firm may we stand to defend.

Let all with one accord
In common bond united

Build this our nation together
And the glory of Kenya

The fruit of our labour
Fill every heart with thanksgiving.


One thought on “The Parade, The Flag, The National Anthem

  1. Jeanne Post author

    Previous Comments From Old ATK Site:

    Mukururi Wang’ang’a said: It is very encouraging to hear how you hoist and sing the national anthem with great zeal and enthusiasm. It is a sign of patriotism. Keep it up.
    Enlighten me why do we hoist the National Flag on Mondays and Fridays in schools. Thank you.