Gayathri Peedam honours education

2016-02-11 06:00

VERULAM based spiritual organisation Gayathri Peedam held its fourth annual presentation and dinner at the Kraydeb Conference Centre in Everest Heights, Verulam to honour the academic achievements of the devotees of the ashram from pre-primary to the tertiary level.

In addition the achievements of the top three Grade 12 pupils in the 2015 national senior certificate exams from Verulam Secondary, Mountview, Glenhaven, Temple Valley, Waterloo, Trenance Park and Sipheshile Secondary were showcased at the function.

With a 91% aggregate Verulam Secondary’s Safeeya Buckus scooped the award as Verulam’s top performing learner in the 2015 NSCE while Temple Valley Secondary reached the podium for the second time as Verulam’s top performing school with a 89,36% pass rate in last year’s exams.

Willy Govender, the CEO of Spatial Data Holdings (SDH), was the keynote speaker and spoke to the audience about the various steps of achieving success in their chosen field and at the same time enjoying a balanced life style.

At the end of his address the spiritual master of the Gayathri Peedam, Swami Shankarananda Maharajji launched the Gayathri Peedam Education Awards Programme to oversee his vision of making available resources, both material and financial to the needy children of the ashram to enable them to excel academically.

Radhika Balaram, Donovan Nair, Athish Deonath, Greg Moonsamy, Dr. Mahavishnu Moodley, Dr. Suren Pillay and Deepak Folly were tasked to drive the process.

For his outstanding results in last year’s exams Yogirajah Folly a Grade 4 pupil from Dianthus Primary was presented with a R2000 cheque towards an education fund to which donors and businesses will be invited to contribute to see the pupil through to tertiary level.

Shavana Manilall of Northmead Secondary and Sejal Sudu of Belverton Secondary received laptop computers donated by Data World as an acknowledgement of their outstanding results in the 2015 Grade 9 exams.

Devrisha Jhumman from Stanger was ecstatic when it was announced that she would receive a R10 000 bursary to complete her B.Com degree at UKZN.

Johannesburg based civil engineer, Lenny Naidu sponsored the R10 000 bursary for the third successive year to assist indigent students at the Gayathri Peedam to obtain a tertiary qualification.

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