Saraswati Vidya Niketan  



Profile of SVN

  • SVN in the Beginning
    A Hindu secondary school
  • Opened in 2002
    • Bhumi Puja (sod turning) for the construction work was performed on the auspicious occasion of Krishna Janamasthmi Day 1998. Classes officially commenced on World Teacher's Day, 5th September 2002, with an enrolment of 35 students.
  • Students are tutored at Grades 7-11/ Forms 1-5 in preparation for CSEC (CXC) Examinations
  • Students are also tutored in Hindu culture
  • School Motto: Speak the truth. Practice righteousness. Do not neglect studying and teaching. (From the ** Vedas - Satyam vada dharmam cara svadhyaya pravacanabhyam na pramaditavyam).
  • The school's facilities include the 40-seat Zara Computer Laboratory, with printing and photocopy facilities, a Library (currently being refurbished), and there are plans to build a Science Laboratory
  • Current enrollment (2011-2012 academic year):
    • 312 students; 120 male, 192 female
  • Staff members - 19
  • SVN in 2012
    At the 2011 CSEC (CXC) Examinations:
    • 40 students sat the examinations
    • Examinations in 14 subjects were written
    • 23 students graduated with 5 or more Grade '1's
    • The best student graduated with 13 Grade '1's
    • All 40 students graduated with 8 or more CSEC passes (Grades 1-3)
  • Most students come from the West Bank Demerara (WBD) and West Coast Demerara (WCD). A few are from the East Bank Demerara (EBD) and Georgetown
  • The school operates a private schoolbus service between its location in Cornelia Ida and both Vreed-en-Hoop and Parika. The fares are the same as on public bus services.
  • Teaching philosophy - All knowledge is already inherent in the individual soul. Real learning, with the student as the focus, consists of actualising the potentiality latent in the student. With this in mind SVN has embarked on a philosophy of education that is concerned with the overall development and transformation of the student. While academic brilliance is encouraged we also foster the eternal and universal human values of compassion, fearlessness, truth, forgiveness, and non-injury. The school's philosophy is encapsulated in its motto the ancient Vedic injunction – satyam vada dharmam cara svadhyaya pravacanabhyam na pramaditavyam: Speak the truth. Practice righteousness. Do not neglect studying and teaching. At SVN we are convinced that all education must eventually engender in the individual a profound awareness of one's social responsibility. This must lead to a commitment to dedicate oneself to the development of the larger community.
  • Why a Hindu School? The school was envisioned by Swami Aksharananda of Guyana who is of the view that the country's education system, a legacy of our colonial past, is severely limited in that while it emphasizes Western and Judeo-Christian values, it de-emphasizes the role of the traditional Indian culture inherited by the Indian child. We believe that because we live in a society characterized by cultural and religious diversity, the school education must reflect this diversity in its national curriculum. SVN seeks to remedy this imbalance with an appropriate cultural input in the school's standard Caribbean high school curriculum.
  • Non-profit and non-govermental - SVN is a non-profit, non-governmental institution and a moderate fee is charged to students only to take care of administrative and maintenance expenses.