August 15 is here. Schools often celebrate our nation’s Independence Day by hoisting the tricolour flag, singing patriotic songs and delivering speeches on the nation’s struggle for freedom. If your child is going to be one of the speakers on Independence Day, you have every reason to be proud of him/her. But surely, your child might require some help here. So it’s time to help your child to prepare an Independence day speech and here are some tips.
Preparing your child for the Independence Day Speech
A sense of pride and honour
First, instil a sense of pride and honour in your child. Yes, the very fact that he is going to deliver a speech on our nation on Independence day shows his contribution to the national spirit. Appreciate this heartily and ask your child to look upon this speech as an honourable task. Your child will then take extra effort in ensuring a perfect delivery of the Independence day address.
Independence day is the occasion to celebrate our sovereignty as a nation and the freedom we gained through non-violence. The uniqueness of our freedom struggle in the Pacific path we tread, adhering to Mahatma Gandhi’s code of ahimsa and non-violence. Recall all the historical moments like the Sepoy Mutiny, the Non-Cooperation Movement, Jallianwala Bagh massacre, Civil Disobedience Movement and Quit India movement to trace the timeline of our freedom’s history. This will help the child to recall the main points while delivering his speech.
Outline the facts
Our nation’s independence was won with great hardships and the united efforts of many leaders. Teach your child the facts about the freedom struggle like the names of the leaders, the important places of protest, the preamble of our constitution, the meaning of our national anthem etc. Learning this would make your child deliver an enthusiastic speech with an emotional overtone.
Introduce sayings of leaders
“Swaraj is our birthright,” said Bal Gangadhar Tilak. Quotations like these had a great impact on the freedom struggle. Introduce quotations like these as part of your child’s speech to make it more relevant and convincing.
Illustrate real-life incidents as examples of the values of honesty, truth, and patriotism from the lives of leaders like Gandhi, Nehru, Netaji etc. Build a sense of patriotism by inspiring your child with their determination, courage and integrity of character.
Make your child understand that the independence we gained was not won easily. So the freedom should be exercised judiciously without harming others. Teach your child the qualities of equality and justice and how they play a major role in current society.
Prepare rich content
A speech for Independence day must be power-packed with rich content consisting of historical facts, quotations, dates, statistics etc. The content should not only be informative but interactive and engaging. Create a unique and stylized content that impresses the audience.
Offer an easy flow of content
Help your child compile a speech in a simple and lucid language that is easy for him. Avoid using tough and bombastic words that are hard to pronounce. Using too much mathematical data in the speech also makes the speech boring. Allow your child to enjoy each and every word he speaks.
Encourage inputs from the child
Welcome your child’s inputs and suggestions on the speech. Allow him/her to unleash their creativity and express in their own words. This builds their confidence and morale.
Every child will be nervous when he/she faces the audience. Get your child to practise the speech in front of your family members and encourage the child to speak boldly. Practice makes the child perfect in the rendition of the speech.
Encourage your child to participate and perform in such public activities. Emphasize that participation is more important than winning and also underline the fact that with practice, anything can be achieved.
Prepare your child for the Independence day speech using the above tips and watch him/her emerge a sure winner, wishes from Letspractise