Headmistress (Junior School)

The United Nations Public Service Day

With the second wave of Covid gripping our country in the past two months, it has indeed been a trial both challenging and demotivating. The scarcity of vaccines, oxygen shortage, unavailability of beds in the hospitals and the grim scenes flashing on the television seem like visuals from a sci-fi horror movie. Even with fear looming large, amidst all this adversity, one can't help but marvel at the resilience exhibited by the numerous healthcare workers, paramedical staff, nurses and doctors.

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to the health implications and loss of life, has strained our health care systems, wreaked havoc on businesses and economies, led to job losses and disrupted social life with lockdowns, curfews and other stringent measures. In such unprecedented times not only the medical staff, but also the frontline sanitation workers, delivery personnel, police and security personnel, ambulance drivers, paramedics, social welfare officers, bank employees and even teachers have shown exemplary and selfless commitment.

Such severe crisis brings a lot of discontent accompanied by fear and uncertainty... and most of us are busy worrying or complaining. However, how often do we think of the trash picker who collects our garbage? How about the delivery boy who rings our doorbell all masked with our groceries and vegetables...? How much do we care for the nurses who are perpetually working overtime and the doctors who are bearing the brunt of all this with brutal incidents of attacks and assaults on them...? How about the public services and the employees who are ensuring we get the water supply at home and even electricity to watch the next Netflix flick?

Well, if we ponder… haven't we taken too much for granted? Haven’t we assumed that not one but many services and their providers are our right? As we expect many of these conveniences as our rights, can’t we also nurture a little gratitude in some corner of our hearts for those who work relentlessly for the good of others?

I am reminded of the words of Martin Luther King, Jr - "Life's most persistent and urgent question is-What are you doing for others?" Well how often do we ask this question to ourselves? It’s time that we do!

The value and virtue of public services to communities and countries is unsurpassable and almost indispensable. We must inculcate an intrinsic recognition and appreciation among our young children during their formative years towards public services and the people who are committed to community service as their profession.

This in turn would initiate a social responsibility and appreciation towards the various conveniences that we enjoy, rather than taking them all for granted.

So, let’s give all the public service personnel a big cheer with a grateful heart on this The United Nations Public Service Day and let’s ensure our children harbour gratitude in their hearts as I leave you with a quote by Margaret Cousins-

"Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary."

Mrs. Ritu Kaushal
Headmistress, Junior School