News about SVN
|2013-04-24 - First Day Havan – Ramnavmi
Swami Aksharanandaji, Rudradatji and Justice Nandram Kissoon ji all addressed the students and gave them advice and best wishes for the new term. They also acknowledged the parents who were present and encouraged them to take active roles in their children’s education at SVN. Other special guests included Shri Beni Singh and his daughter, Varshani Singh.
|2013-04-11 - Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation
The Students of Saraswati Vidya Niketan presented a cheque of two hundred and seventy three thousand Guyana dollars ($273, 000) to the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre on the occasion of Holi.
Students were encouraged to save their own money and later on contributed towards the donation. They felt that it was the right thing to do to celebrate Holi. They were willing to give their savings to the centre and were satisfied that their money would be put into good use.
SVN is constantly reminding the students about their duty and responsibility towards society as citizens. Saving their money is one way of demonstrating that they are willing to help build the society in which they live. SVN is proud that the students have contributed towards this endeavour.
|2013-02-13 - Kayman Sankar Scholarship
Prominent businessman, Shri Beni Sanka Ji, gave Saraswati Vidya Niketan a scholarship of one million Guyana dollars. Sixteen students received scholarships for tuition for two school terms. Parents and students were invited to a ceremony to meet with Shri Beni Sankar Ji. Parents were extremely grateful for the assistance. Students were advised to work even harder to prove that they deserve such rewards.
Swami Aksharananda, Principal of SVN, expressed gratitude for this gesture.
The school is indeed fortunate to receive such assistance from the business
community. The school hopes that more people show such interest in the
future. SVN is proud that people are interested in the well-being and
development of its students.
|2013-01-09 - 2012 World Hindi Day Celebrations
The Guyana Hindi Prachar Sabha & Saraswati Vidya Niketan will be hosting a programme to celebrate WORLD HINDI DAY (Vishwa Hindi Divas) on Sunday January 13, 2013. The programme will start at 1pm and will be held at Saraswati Vidya Niketan. For more info, call 276-0014, 658-8505, 270-6578.
|2013-01-09 - SVN receives scholarship from
Saraswati Vidya Niketan has received a scholarship of 1.2 million GYD from the Canadian-based gold exploration company, Guyana Goldfields Inc. GGI/AGM distributed 20 million GYD as part of its Holiday Children Needs Assistance/Development Initiative.
The company aims to support non-governmental organizations and groups that are “working effectively at providing education, support systems, food, shelter and all round moral and cultural activities to children in need in Guyana.” GGI/AGM is seriously committed to the development of children and youths in Guyana and hope to render more support in the future.
Swami Aksharananda is thankful for the interest and support of the company. SVN is currently distributing the scholarship funds to students who fulfill the criteria.
We are indeed appreciative for the help the company has offered to our
|2012-11-10 - SVN Fund-raiser in Miami
Donors and well-wishers of Saraswati Vidya Niketan held a fund-raising activity on 10 November, 2012 in Miami, Florida. The activity was organized by Ravi Ramjit, of European Collision, a long-time friend and supporter of SVN.
A total of USD 7, 182 was donated by supporters. The funds will go towards the building of SVN’s Science Laboratory. Saraswati Vidya Niketan has embarked on the project of attaining a Science lab to better facilitate its students.
Swami Aksharananda has expressed his gratitude to the supporters of SVN. He is thankful that so many people are concerned with the successful development of this institution. SVN aims at building all-rounded students and the Science Lab is just one step in succeeding to do so.
We look forward to the continued support of our well-wishers.
|2012-11-03 - 2012 Graduation Ceremony
SVN's 8th Dikshant Samarop was held on 28th October, 2012. 34 Students graduated with a 97% pass rate from Grades 1-3. The President, Prime Mninister, Minister of Legal Affairs and the Regional Chairman of Region Three were amongst the special invitees who attended the graduation ceremony.
|2012-08-13 - CSEC
The CSEC 2012 results are out, and we want to take this opportunity to congratulate the students of this country, obviously including Ms. Sarah Hack who was this years’ top CSEC student.
We also want to congratulate our own students who have maintained the high standard set by their predecessors. In particular, we are happy to congratulate our best student Ms. Bibi Ameena Nazaralie, who secured 13 grade ones in all the subjects she wrote. These 13 grade ones, however, are a little testimony to her will and character as she has had to triumph the most challenging of circumstances to reach this level. We are truly happy for her.
I especially want to thank the teachers of SVN. We have been blessed with an exceptionally dedicated group of men and women. There are some who are truly outstanding, and what we are now finding out is that their commitment, inspiration and motivation have been turning out to be quite contagious. No school could ask more of its teachers.
As reported in the media, there has been some talk of the performance of private schools in Guyana. We, at Saraswati Vidya Niketan (SVN), would like to share the following analysis of our results so that we might be in a better position to understand the role of private schools in our country. This year SVN offered 13 subjects with 34 students appeared at the examinations, held in May and June.
A total of 31 (91%) students were successful, passing with grades 1 to 3, in 11 or more subjects, including Mathematics and English Language. Of these 31, the media reported that 11 of our students have featured among the top 175 (1%). Only two other schools in Guyana have done better.
In all 165 (39.01%) grade ones were awarded, followed by 172 (40.66%) grade twos, 74 (17.49%) grade threes, 11 (2.6%) grade fours and a single (.24%) grade five. This shows that our students have secured an impressive 80% pass in grades 1 and 2 only, and 97% pass in grades one to three.
As far as individual subjects are concerned each of the following: Caribbean History, Economics, Geography, Human and Social Biology, Integrated Science, Information Technology, Office Administration, Principles of Business and Social Studies recorded 100% pass (grades 1 to 3).
The subjects in which did not score 100% were English Literature (88%), Principles of Accounts (91%), and Spanish (97%). The full complement of 34 students wrote all the subjects excepting Economics, Human and Social Biology and Office Administration in which in which 15, 14 and 20 students respectively appeared.
We now come to the results for Mathematics and English Language, which continue to be the subjects in which students in Guyana and the rest of the CXC regions, traditionally perform poorly. However, as far as SVN is concerned these are precisely the two areas in which our students have consistently performed spectacularly.
It has been revealed that the regional pass rate (grades 1 to 3) for Mathematics is 33%, while the national rate in 29.9%. The government pilot school secured a pass rate of 40%, the public schools 31%, private schools 27%, and private candidates 29%.
The story in English Language reveals a similar pattern. The regional pass rate in English was 47 % versus Guyana’s rate of 37%. The pilot schools topped both the regional and national rate with 52%. The pass rate for public schools was 39% private schools 36% and private candidates 25%.
At SVN, the pass rate (grades one to three) for Mathematics was 97%, representing a considerable increase over the 2010 and 2011 results of 88% and 90% respectively while the pass rate for English Language was 91% as compared with 85% and 98% for 2010 and 2011 respectively.
Two other salient points should be considered in analyzing the results at SVN. The first is that no student of SVN is permitted to go outside of the school for lessons. This has been our rule from the day this school started. Whatever extra help students need, is given right here by their teachers.
The second point that will put SVN’s results in a better perspective is that the average NGSA (Common Entrance) score of this batch of CSEC students was 471, the lowest being 381 and the highest 531. The student with 381 passed all 12 of her subjects with Mathematics and English. Given a wholesome and conducive environment, so-called ordinary students can produce extra-ordinary results. This is what teachers and students at SVN have been doing since 2005.
2012-07-13 - Visit by Zara Realty
2012-07-09 - SVN Scholars Return from the USA
Saraswati Vidya Niketan, (SVN) is delighted to announce that all three of its students sent on scholarships to the United States have finally returned to Guyana.
The last to return from the USA was Natasha Persaud who rejoined the school and her family on June 17, 2012. Natasha did a business degree and graduated from York College, City University of New York CUNY) . She was among the best graduating students at SVN in 2006 CSEC examinations, and was the first student to have officially enrolled in the school, after taking a transfer from a prominent city school. She is now teaching at SVN.
The other two students who came back in 2011 are Nirmala Singh and Kaminie Singh (not related). Nirmala Singh graduated from Brooklyn College CUNY with a degree in Mathematics Education. Nirmala was SVN’s Best CSEC Graduating Student in 2005 and was in the first batch of students to appear for CSEC at SVN. Prior to returning, Nirmala taught in New York City schools as a requirement for her degree. She is now with SVN, teaching in the Mathematics department.
Kaminie Singh graduated from Lehman College CUNY with a degree in English Education. Kaminie was SVN’s Best CSEC Graduating student in 2006. As a young student at SVN, it was evident that Kaminie loved reading and showed a flair for writing quite early on, so it was little wonder that she graduated from Lehman with honours. She teaches English Language and Literature at SVN.
All three of these young teachers will be a great asset to SVN when the school introduces CAPE in 2013. A number of students and their parents have indicated a strong interest in having SVN move to this advanced CXC level. When this happens, it will be the only secondary school in Region Three to do so.
The scholarships for these three former SVN students were financed by a single extended USA-based Guyanese Hindu family, the Ramnarayans. They took care of all tuition costs, books, travel, and other incidental expenses, in addition to providing room and board. According to the founder and principal of SVN, without the intervention of the Ramnarayans, it would not have been possible to provide these scholarships. What is extremely heartening is that the family has committed to supporting future scholarship programmes of the school.
In the meantime, Swami Aksharananda has indicated that the institution will continue to invest in the training and development of its young teachers. Currently, it is supporting two teachers at CPCE where they are pursuing the Associate Degree in Education. The school is paying their tuition fees, in addition to providing them a monthly stipend of $50,000 each, plus their travel. They plan to move on to the University of Guyana with continued support from SVN.
2012-05-23 - SVN Blood Donation Drive achieves 253 Units
SVN held its annual Blood Donation Drive (Rakta Daanam) on Sat 19 and Sun 20, 2012, and 253 units of blood were collected for the National Blood Bank of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC). The response from students, teachers and the surrounding community of West Coast Demerara was as excellent as it has been in previous years, with 410 persons responding. Last year, 2011, Rakta Daanam, surpassed 300 units of blood for the National Blood Bank. SVN first held the Rakta Daanam exercise in 2007 and to date it has collected 1,288 units for the National Blood Bank. See photos below.
The actual procedures for donating blood are conducted by staff of the National Blood Bank. SVN provides a suitable location and organises the community to participate.
'Rakta Daanam' is a Hindi phrase that translates as 'Blood Giving'. SVN conducts this exercise to demonstrate and teach civic participation to its students. Participating students have a parent's permission to do so.
Cornelia Ida . West Coast Demerara (WCD) . Guyana