The “Dia de la Independencia” shows the amazing qualities of our children. August 9, 2012 - Bolivia
The sixth of August is National Independence Day in Bolivia. On this day, in 1825, Marshal Antonio José de Sucre granted Bolivia's independence from Spain, which was the land of the conquistadores at the time. It is an important day for the country and is celebrated every year with parades and processions.
The parade of the Bolivian Independence Day has many groups of musicians.
Bolivia is a country with children and young people that account for a large portion of the population. More than 60 percent of Bolivians are younger than 26 years old. The large amount of young people shows that there is the possibility for potential in the future of the country. So, it comes as no surprise that the Independence parade is not made up of primarily military personnel, but legions of preschool children and school aged children.
The children of NPH Bolivia attend school in Portachuelo, and they also participate in the local processions. The children walk with their classes, and a special feature allows the three best in each to lead their team of classmates. They usually carry a flag and wear a sash in the national colors over their school uniform. It was a moment of pride this year for NPH, and could be seen even in the caregivers as they watched our children lead some of these teams. It is surprising and gratifying that so many of our children are the best in their classes!
For the children, this day s also important for another reason as they know that the independence of their country is very fundamental. Reovane, an older pequeño 18-years old sums it up, "Independence means freedom. And we could have no democracy without freedom and could not vote. That's why I'm happy to celebrate this day.”